High-speed data transfer with FPGAs and QSFP+ modules

@article{Ammendola2011HighspeedDT,
  title={High-speed data transfer with FPGAs and QSFP+ modules},
  author={Roberto Ammendola and Andrea Biagioni and Giacomo Chiodi and Ottorino Frezza and Francesca Lo Cicero and Alessandro Lonardo and R.Lunadei and P. S. Paolucci and Davide Rossetti and Andrea Salamon and Gaetano Salina and Francesco Simula and Laura Tosoratto and Piero Vicini},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Detectors},
  year={2011}
}
We present test results and characterization of a data transmission system based on a last generation FPGA and a commercial QSFP+ (Quad Small Form Pluggable +) module. QSFP+ standard defines a hot-pluggable transceiver available in copper or optical cable assemblies for an aggregated bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps. We implemented a complete testbench based on a commercial development card mounting an Altera Stratix IV FPGA with 24 serial transceivers at 8.5 Gbps, together with a custom mezzanine… 

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