Microsemi and Tamba Collaborate on PolarFire Devices to Deliver Industry-Leading Low Power FPGA-Based 10G Ethernet Solution

Microsemi Corp., a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Tamba Networks, a developer of connectivity intellectual property (IP) cores, announced their collaboration to incorporate Tamba Networks’ Ethernet media access controller (MAC) in Microsemi’s new cost-optimized, low power, mid-range PolarFire field programmable gate array (FPGA) to offer industry-leading low power FPGA-based 10G Ethernet solution.

Tamba Networks’ Ethernet MAC is half the area and twice the speed of competing Ethernet MACs, providing Microsemi customers with lower costs due to its size optimization in addition to the high security and unique capabilities of PolarFire FPGAs.

As part of its collaboration with Tamba Networks, Microsemi used the company’s Interlaken and 10G/40G Ethernet MAC soft cores as key building blocks to evaluate and enhance PolarFire FPGAs’ fabric architecture, with 10G and 40G datapaths running at 160 MHz and 320 MHz. These cores offer extremely low gate count and latency, with high flexibility. When combined with Microsemi’s low power fabric and low power transceiver, Tamba Networks’ 10G Ethernet soft core lowers the power of a 10G datapath by 50 percent. The device is also available as a direct core from Microsemi’s IP library.

“One of the priorities in designing PolarFire FPGAs was to offer the lowest power, cost-optimized 10Gbe solution for our customers,” said Ted Speers, head of FPGA product architecture and planning at Microsemi. “Working with Tamba Networks provided us access not only to optimal encoding modules to integrate into the device, but also its small 10G Ethernet MAC optimized for frequency and easy-to-close timing at both 160 MHz and 320 MHz. While PolarFire FPGAs are ideal for multiple markets, the FPGA-based Ethernet solution is particularly suitable for demanding communications and defense applications.”

According to the IHS Ethernet Switch Quarterly Market Tracker, the number of 10G ports is expected to grow from 32 million ports in 2016 to over 100 million ports by the end of 2021. The Ethernet switch market was approximately 7.2 million in 2016 and is forecast to grow to 12.3 million in 2021, with 10G contributing approximately one third of all Ethernet switching revenue today.

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Microsemi Corporation

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Aliso Viejo, CA , 92656

tele: (800) 713-4113
fax: (949) 215-4996

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