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AR# 43346

Design Advisory for Virtex-6 GTH - Recommendation for Non-retimed 10G+ Optical Interfaces (e.g. SFP+ and QSFP)

Description

Retimers are recommended for some 10G+ optical interfaces.

Solution

SFP+:

Xilinx supports all retimed (or "SONET Grade") SFP+ modules.Xilinx testing has shown performance better than 10e-12 BER, the SFP+ specification, with non-retimed Limiting SFP+ SR and LR modules.For improved performance or additional margin, consider using retimers.

Xilinx strongly recommends use of retimers in the receive path for Linear SFP+ modules in LRM applications.Due to limited testing, Linear SR, Linear LR, Linear/Limiting ER and Linear/Limiting ZR applications should strongly consider using retimers in the receive path.

QSFP:

Xilinx supports all retimed QSFP modules. Due to limited testing, Xilinx recommends retimers in the receive path in SR, MR, LR, and LRM applications.

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Associated Answer Records

Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
34565 Design Advisory Master Answer Record for Virtex-6 FPGA N/A N/A
AR# 43346
Date Created 08/01/2011
Last Updated 05/20/2012
Status Active
Type Design Advisory
Devices
  • Virtex-6 HXT