AQcite product family integrates Aquantia’s AQrate BASE-T PHY with a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA

Aquantia Corp., a supplier of in high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for data centers, enterprise infrastructure and client connectivity, announced the AQcite product line of FPGA-programmable Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Physical Layer (PHY) devices, integrating Aquantia’s AQrate BASE-T PHY with a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA. The AQcite product line targets a range of applications such as audio-eisual over Ethernet, machine vision, data center, enterprise, 5G wireless, industrial, metro environments and more.
With the rising cost of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), many companies are resorting to develop, test and commercialize products based on FPGAs. In applications where transport of data and networking is required, Ethernet is often the preferred choice. Foreseeing the need to deliver smaller footprints and cost advantages to its customers, Aquantia has developed AQcite, a unique device that integrates both Multi-Gigabit BASE-T PHY and FPGA functions in a single-chip package.
The first product, the AQLX107, is a single-port FPGA-programmable Multi-Gigabit Ethernet PHY device. Aquantia’s AQLX107 enables customers to engineer their own unique protocol converter, bridge/controller, data multiplexing or adaptation layer functionality leveraging standard Ethernet protocol.
“Our collaboration with Aquantia underscores Xilinx’s commitment to enable and accelerate the integration of high speed video interfaces with our state-of-the-art programmable devices that increase our customer’s ability to innovate, differentiate, and accelerate time to market of video over IP products,” said Ramesh Iyer, Director of Pro AV and Broadcast Products at Xilinx.
Xilinx led Aquantia’s series G round of financing in Q1 2014, enabling the company to accelerate its development strategy in data center and enterprise infrastructure.
The integrated Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA supports 12.5 Gbps HSIO differential SerDes signals and a variety of GPIO interfaces. It also supports the standard Xilinx programming SW tools.

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