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article image The Virtex-II Pro RocketIO MGT characterisation board reference design for PADS.

MENTOR Graphics Corporation, represented in Australia by In-Circuit Design Pty Ltd , has announced a collaboration with Xilinx to supply the PADS users with reference data.

This will allow users to more efficiently implement the multi-gigabit transceiver (MGT) technology available in Xilinx advanced field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) on their printed circuit board (PCB) designs.

To ensure optimal multi-gigabit interconnect implementation, Mentor Graphics has teamed up with Xilinx to provide the Virtex-II Pro RocketIO MGT characterisation board reference design for the PADS product families.

Preconfigured design data can immediately be implemented in customer design flows, saving hours of library set up time, significantly reducing design time and improving system quality versus having to develop all this data from scratch.

Supported by Mentor Graphics, the design kit includes a reference PCB layout and a part library that include symbols and footprints.

Complimentary RocketIO signal integrity models are also available for Mentor Graphics HyperLynx product.

The Xilinx Virtex-II Pro RocketIO MGT characterisation board databases are available on the Mentor website at http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb/pads/design_kits/index.cfm

The Virtex-II Pro RocketIO MGT Characterisation Board (Xilinx Part# HW-V2P-ML321) enables customers to investigate and experiment with the features of the Virtex-II Pro Rocket I/O multi gigabit transceivers.

Xilinx used Mentor's PADS and HyperLynx solutions to develop the characterisation board. Xilinx chose these solutions because of their ease-of-use, technical breadth and technical support from Mentor.

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