Design Guidelines for HardCopy IV GX Devices
This application note describes the Altera® recommended basic design flow that simplifies HardCopy® IV GX transceiver-based designs.
The design guidelines in this application note provide important factors to consider in high-density, high-performance HardCopy IV GX designs. It is important to follow Altera’s recommendations throughout the design process to achieve good results, avoid common issues, and improve your design productivity. The “Design Checklist” on page 30 summarizes the checklist items presented in this document. You can use this checklist to ensure that you have reviewed all the guidelines before completing your HardCopy IV GX design.
The first step in creating a transceiver-based design is to map your system requirements with the HardCopy IV GX device supported features. The HardCopy IV GX device contains multiple transceiver channels that you can configure in multiple data rates and protocols. It also provides multiple transceiver clocking options. For your design, identify the transceiver capabilities and clocking options to ensure that the transceiver meets your system requirements.