JESD204B simplifies fast data converters' integration in FPGA systems

January 24, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Altera has announced a range of JESD204B solutions to simplify the integration of Altera FPGAs and high-speed data converters in systems using the latest JEDEC JESD204B standard. Customers can quickly begin development of JESD204B serial interfaces, drawing on Altera’s Online Resource Centre.

The interface standard is used across many applications, including radar, wireless radioheads, medical imaging equipment, software defined radios and industrial applications. Altera’s JESD204B solutions include intellectual property (IP) cores, reference designs, development boards and interoperability reports for the industry’s latest data converters. This collection of JESD204B resources is available through an online resource centre that enables users to start the development of JESD204B-based serial interfaces, while giving designers the flexibility to select the FPGAs and data converters that best meet their systems’ power and performance requirements.

JESD204B is a high-speed serial interface standard that greatly simplifies circuit board design when interoperating FPGAs with analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analogue converters (DACs). Altera has validated device interoperability with leading data converter suppliers, including Analog Devices and Texas Instruments (TI), and is actively working to expand its offering by validating interoperability with many other data converter companies. Altera offers JESD204B solutions that support its latest 28 nm products, including Stratix V FPGAs; mid-range Arria V FPGAs and SoCs; and low-power, low-cost Cyclone V FPGAs and SoCs.

Altera claims to be the only FPGA vendor to provide JESD204B IP that includes the physical layer, data link layer and transport layer implementations from a single source. The IP conforms to the latest JESD204B standard for operation up to 12.5 Gbps. Demonstration videos and full interoperability reports are available for viewing at