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【Microsemi】Microsemi社とTamba Networks社が、低消費電力FPGAデバイス「PolarFire」向け10G イーサネット・ソリューションの提供でコラボレーション。


Microsemi社とTamba Networks社が、Tamba Networks社のEthernet MAC(Media Access Controller)をMicrosemi社の低消費電力で高セキュリティのミッドレンジFPGAデバイスである「PolarFire」に組み込むことを共同発表しました。
Tamba Networks社の10G イーサネットMACは、他社に比べ半分のゲート規模で2倍の速度があり、FPGA規模の最適化によるコスト削減が図れます。

10G イーサネット・ポートの数は2016年の3200万ポートから2021年終わりには1億ポート以上に増えると予測されております。
同時に10Gイーサネット・スイッチ市場も2016年から2021年で急激に成長することが予測されています。今回のコラボレーションによって、低消費電力、高セキュリティかつコストを最適化した10Gb イーサネット ソリューションをご提供いたします。

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

Tamba's Ethernet MAC Enables 40G Datapath Applications in Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Tamba Networks, a leading developer of connectivity intellectual property (IP) cores, today 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.

PolarFire FPGAs are targeted at several additional applications in the communications market, including access network, network edge, metro (1-40G); mobile infrastructure, wireless backhaul, smart optical modules and video broadcasting. The devices are also well-suited to applications within the defense and aerospace market, such as encryption and root of trust, secure wireless communications, radar and electronic warfare (EW), aircraft networking, actuation and control. Ideal applications for the FPGAs within the industrial market include process control and automation, machine vision processing and analytics, programmable logic controllers, industrial networking, and video and image processing.

Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs are particularly beneficial to the access segment of the communications infrastructure market, where original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are working to deliver more bandwidth to customers while reducing capital and operational expenditures. Tamba Networks was deeply involved in the development of the PolarFire transceiver's physical coding sublayer (PCS), providing the 64b66b/64b67b encoding modules used for Ethernet and Interlaken. In addition, the company helped Microsemi modify the 64b66b encoder to operate with deterministic latency, ensuring support for Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) options 7b, 8 and 9.

"We were pleased to collaborate with Microsemi on its mid-range PolarFire FPGAs by providing the industry's lowest latency, power and size solution for Ethernet MAC and PCS cores as well as Interlaken communication protocols to help differentiate these devices," said Soren Pederson, president of Tamba Networks. "Being intimately involved in the development of PolarFire's hard PCS layer resulted in a unique 10Gbe solution providing the power efficiency, compact size and deterministic latency necessary for Microsemi customers' growing application requirements."

Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs, launched in February, are designed to rethink how the industry has traditionally viewed FPGAs with mid-range densities, as the devices are the first non-volatile FPGAs providing more power and cost savings in comparison to SRAM FPGA solutions with 10G transceivers, advanced input/output (I/O), high security and digital signal processor (DSP) capabilities. Microsemi also sells a comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet switches and PHYs, which customers can use to add switching functionality and/or MAC-layer security (MACsec) encryption with nanosecond IEEE1588 timestamping capabilities to PolarFire designs.

Availability
Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs with Tamba Networks' Ethernet MAC are available now. For more information, visit https://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/fpga/polarfire-fpga and https://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/technology-solutions/serdes-pci-express#ethernet or email sales.support@microsemi.com.

About PolarFire FPGAs
Microsemi's new cost-optimized PolarFire FPGAs deliver the industry's lowest power at mid-range densities with exceptional security and reliability. The product family features 12.7 Gbps Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) transceivers at up to 50 percent lower power than competing FPGAs. Densities span from 100K to 500K logic elements (LEs) and are ideal for a wide range of applications within wireline access networks and cellular infrastructure, defense and commercial aviation markets, as well as industry 4.0 which includes the industrial automation and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

PolarFire FPGAs' transceivers can support multiple serial protocols, making the products ideal for communications applications with 10Gbps Ethernet, CPRI, JESD204B, Interlaken and PCIe. In addition, the ability to implement serial gigabit Ethernet (SGMII) on general purpose input/output (GPIO) enables numerous 1Gbps Ethernet links to be supported. PolarFire FPGAs also contain the most hardened security IP to protect customer designs, data and supply chain. The non-volatile PolarFire product family consumes 10 times less static power than competitive devices and features an even lower standby power referred to as Flash*Freeze. For more information, visit www.microsemi.com/polarfire.

About Tamba Networks
Tamba Networks is a leading intellectual property silicon core developer, founded in 2003, and based in Northern California, USA. Tamba Networks designs and develops the most compact, lowest latency, lowest power, and most flexible connectivity IP solutions in the world. Focus is on Ethernet and Interlaken protocols, which were originally developed for the financial industry where low latency is crucial. Tamba Networks' ultra-low-latency IP solutions are industry-standard compliant and offer a smooth transition path to next generation networks. For more information on Tamba, visit www.tambanetworks.com.

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including statements related to the company and Tamba Networks announcing their collaboration to incorporate Tamba Networks' Ethernet MAC in Microsemi's new cost-optimized, low power, mid-range FPGA, offering industry-leading low power 10G Ethernet solution, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

SOURCE Microsemi Corporation

For further information: Farhad Mafie, VP Worldwide Product Marketing, Microsemi Corp., 949-356-2399, press@microsemi.com, Tamba Networks, (650) 469 3891, info@tambanetworks.com,

Overview

Announcing General Availability of Engineering Samples for PolarFire™ FPGAs

Libero SoC PolarFire      PolarFire Evaluation Kit

Low Power    Security    Reliability

Cost-optimized Architecture

  • Architecture and process optimizations for 100K/500K LE devices
  • Transceiver performance optimized for 12.7 Gbps, which yields smaller size
  • 1.6 Gbps I/Os—hardened I/O gearing logic with CDR (supports SGMII/GbE links on these GPIOs)
  • Best-in-class high-performance, hardened security IP in mid-range devices

Power Optimization

  • The lowest static power—1/10 static power vs. competing devices
  • Transceiver optimized for 12.7 Gbps, which yields 1/2 the power vs. competing devices
  • Low power Flash*Freeze mode yields best-in-class standby power
  • Integrated hard IP—DDR PHY, PCIe endpoint/root port, crypto processor
  • Total power (static and dynamic)—up to 50% lower power

PolarFire FPGA Architecture

PolarFire FPGAs deliver up to 500K logic elements, 12.7G transceivers at 50% lower power.

High Speed Serial Interface/SERDES

Ethernet

Ethernet, specified by IEEE 802.3 and ranging in data rates from 10/100/1000Mbps up to 100Gbps is the most widely used wired networking standard across the verticals from computing to industrial.
Microsemi provides Ethernet solution comprising of soft IP, reference designs, application notes and tools which enable rapid development of Ethernet interfaces for high performance applications using our SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs device families.

The SmartFusion2 Microcontroller Subsystem (MSS) contains an embedded Ethernet MAC and PCS layer, which supports either GMII using FPGA MSIO or SGMII using the SERDESIF. The Ethernet MAC is tightly coupled to the ARM Cortex-M3 of the MSS for Ethernet termination and application layer functions.
IGLOO2 and SmartFusion2 also utilize soft IP blocks to support rates from 10Mbps up to 1000Mbps. Both SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 provide an embedded XAUI block as part of the SERDESIF.

Microsemi Ethernet Solutions

Ethernet SmartFusion2 IGLOO2
10BASE Embedded MAC or Soft IP MAC Soft IP MAC
100BASE
1000BASE/SGMII Embedded MAC or Soft IP PCS/MAC Soft IP PCS/MAC
10GBASE Embedded XAUI and soft IP MAC1 Embedded XAUI and soft IP MAC1


 

Note :
1. The 10G MAC is supplied from a 3rd party IP

The SmartFusion2 embedded MAC can be used with either SGMII or GMII/RGMII physical layer interface. In SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 a soft IP MAC can be used with an either an SGMII, 1000BASE-X/T, GMII/RGMII or MII/RMM phsical layer interface.
 
HSSI_Ethernet_96
 

Ethernet IP
The SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 support Ethernet using a mix of embedded IP and soft IP which are pre-designed and verified for 10/100/1000Mbps and 10Gbps applications.
 
HSSI_Ethernet IP_96
 

  • CoreTSE_AHB – 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with either a TBI or GMII physical layer. Also includes an embedded DMA controller with AHB interfaces.
  • Core10100 – 10/100M Ethernet MAC with MII physical layer
  • CoreRGMII – GMII to RGMII interface IP
  • CoreRMII – MII to RMII interface IP
  • CoreTSE – 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with either a TBI or GMII physical layer
  • SmartFusion2 Microcontroller Subsystem Ethernet MAC – fully embedded MAC with SGMII or GMII physical layer interface.
  • SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 XAUI – Supported as part of the SERDESIF block.

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