The Leader In FPGA-based Sensor I/O Processing
JazzFiber-V5 Serial FPDP
I/O Module
•Two or Four Fiber Optic Interfaces
(Up to 25.6 Gb/s Aggregate Throughput)
• ANSI/VITA 17.1-2003 & 17.2 Serial FPDP Support
• Fully Ruggedized – Including Conduction Cooled
• Supports Both PCI -X 64/133 & PCI Express x8
Standard LC Fiber Optic Transceivers
Compatible with both single and multi mode
applications across a range of speeds
Latest Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA Technology
Supports ANSI/VITA 17.1 Serial FPDP today with
updates for 17.2 as the standard evolves
512 MB of DDR3 Memory
Provides deep memory buffers to easily support high
throughput streaming I/O at full data rate
PCI-X 64/133 & PCI Express x1, x2, x4 & x8
Supports migra on from PMC to XMC in a single
module with a common driver without compromising
The JazzFiber-V5™ Serial FPDP I/O Module provides a high
speed connection between one or more external sensors
and a processing or recording system using an open standard
modular I/O architecture. Each JazzFiber-V5 module supports
four fiber optic interfaces, which can be used as separate
Serial FPDP channels or aggregated into logical streams using
the channel bonding capability of the emerging VITA 17.2
standard. Additional VITA 17.2 features including enhanced
protocol and higher bit rates are also supported.
The JazzFiber-V5 is carefully designed to maximize
performance in hardware, firmware, and software to support
wire speed throughput between external sensor(s) and the
user’s baseboard. Each element of the module’s design –
fiber optic transceivers, FPGA, memory, and local bus/fabric
interfaces – is optimized for maximum throughput to meet
both current and future Serial FPDP requirements. The
hardware is supported with optimized firmware and software
drivers for a range of operating environments, making the
JazzFiber-V5 easy to drop in and get running quickly.
# of Fibers
Baud Rate
Aggregate Throughput
1.062 Gb/s
105 MB/s
2.5 Gb/s
247 MB/s
6.4 Gb/s
633 MB/s
2.5 Gb/s
997 MB/s
6.4 Gb/s
2553 MB/s
Figure 1: FPGA IP Block Diagram
Table 2: Serial FPDP Throughput
Front Panel I/O
The JazzFiber-V5 can be configured with two or four LC-style
fiber optic transceivers mounted at the front panel of the
module. The fiber optic transceivers may be ordered with
either single or multi-mode fiber interfaces at either 850 or
1310 nm wavelengths. The baseline module supports baud
rates of 2.5 Gb/s, with alternate speeds between 1.062 and
6.25 Gb/s.
The JazzFiber-V5 provides a separate discrete LVTTL or EIA422 interface via front panel SSMC connectors which may be
used for trigger or time base functions.
850 nm
1300 nm
50 / 62.5 μm
9 μm single
Baud Rate
Max Distance
2.5 Gb/s
150 m
2.5 Gb/s
2 km
Virtex 5 FPGA
The JazzFiber-V5 uses a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA to implement the
interface protocol, memory buffering, DMA engines, and local
bus/fabric interface. The installed FPGA device depends on
the number of channels and the serial baud rate, ranging from
a two channel 2.5 Gb/s module which uses an LX50T, to a four
channel 6.25 Gb/s module using an FX100T.
The FPGA bitstream is automatically loaded from onboard
FLASH memory at power up. Utilities are provided to
program and verify FLASH memory to support bitstream
updates in the field.
DDR3 Memory Buffers
Table 1: Fiber Optic Interface Options
Serial FPDP Protocol
The JazzFiber-V5 implements the Serial Front Panel Data Port
(FPDP) protocol, an open standard for sensor-to-processor
data links defined by ANSI/VITA 17.1-2003. Serial FPDP
provides low protocol overhead, support for synchronization
primitives in the data stream and high efficiency.
The JazzFiber-V5 uses the latest memory technology – DDR3 –
to provide maximum memory throughput at 23% less power
than DDR2 based memory. With four independent memory
banks clocked at 400 MHz each, the buffer memory subsystem
provides aggregate throughput of 6.4 GB/s, supporting full
rate deep FIFO buffering of the maximum 25 Gb/s fiber optic
The baseline module has 512 MB of memory, which provides
up to 500 ms of buffering at full 17.1 Serial FPDP rates,
decoupling the module from local bus memory latencies.
Serial FPDP supports baud rates of 1.062, 2.125, and 2.5 Gb/s,
with net data rates up to 247 MB/s after data encoding and
protocol overhead. Serial FPDP has been deployed in a wide
range of sensor I/O applications and is a well established tool
for moving large amounts of data between external sensors
and signal or data processor systems.
The latest generation of Serial FPDP is being finalized as VITA
17.2. It adds several enhancements to the protocol, including
official support for higher baud rates, channel bonding,
and protocol enhancements. VITA 17.2 serial FPDP protocol
extensions support baud rates up to 6.25 Gb/s. The JazzFiber-V5
supports many of the elements of 17.2. Tekmicro will continue
to update firmware as the standard is finalized.
Power (per 1 GB/s)
DDR (JazzFiber)
133 MHz (2.1 GB/s)
333 MHz (5.3 GB/s)
290 mW
DDR3 (JazzFiber-V5)
400 MHz (6.4 GB/s)
190 mW
Table 3: Comparison Serial FPDP Memory Buffer Technologies
Local Interface
System Management
The JazzFiber-V5 provides two high performance local
interfaces: PCI and PCI Express. The PCI interface operates at
up to 64-bit 133 MHz (PCI-X) and is compatible with the IEEE
1386.1-2001 PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) standard as well as
ANSI/VITA 39-2003.
The JazzFiber-V5 includes system monitoring functions that
monitor load current and operating temperature at key points
on the card. In the event of a fault condition, an alert is raised
to the host for appropriate action. The system monitoring is
also available through the XMC I2C interface for environments
that implement IPMI capability.
Software Support
The JazzFiber-V5 includes driver support for Windows, Linux
and VxWorks, allowing the module to be used in a wide
range of target environments. The software application
programming interface (API) is common across all three
operating environments, providing a reusable solution across
both x86 and PowerPC platforms in many different form
factors. Please consult with the factory about host support
for specific carriers, processors and operating environments.
To provide maximum compatibility with legacy systems,
an onboard PCI-to-PCI bridge is used to support legacy PCI
carriers from 32-bit 33 MHz up to 64-bit 133 MHz with
universal I/O signal level compatibility. When connected to a
high performance carrier with a 64-bit 133 MHz bus, the PCI
interface sustains performance of up to 900 MB/s.
The JazzFiber-V5 supports a local fabric interface using the PCI
Express protocol. The PCI Express interface is compatible with
the VITA 42.0 Switched Mezzanine Card (XMC) base standard
along with its PCI Express variant, ANSI/VITA 42.3-2006. The
PCI Express interface implements x1, x4, or x8 serial lanes
at 2.5 Gbps each with throughput up to 2.0 GB/s in each
Max Throughput
32 bit 33 MHz
133 MB/s
64 bit 66 MHz
533 MB/s
64 bit 133 MHz
1067 MB/s
PCI Express
1 x 2.5 Gb/s
2 x 250 MB/s
PCI Express
4 x 2.5 Gb/s
2 x 1000 MB/s
PCI Express
8 x 2.5 Gb/s
2 x 2000 MB/s
Table 4: Local Bus / Fabric Throughput
The software drivers are tightly coupled to the onboard DMA
controllers implemented in the Virtex-5 FPGA, providing
independent control of each Serial FPDP transmit and receive
stream. The DMA engines support all of the Serial FPDP
framing modes (unframed, fixed length and variable length),
allowing the user application to easily support any type of
Serial FPDP sensor. Aggregation of 17.2-compliant channel
bonded streams is handled transparently by the firmware,
providing the software with a single “stream” interface to
both single and multiple physical fiber streams.
Tekmicro offers a customizable FPGA-based processing
platform for applications that require additional flexibility. It
is available with an expanded range of FPGA devices (LX110T,
LX155T, SX95T and FX100T) and can be used to implement
alternate external I/O protocols as well as alternate local
fabric interfaces such as Serial RapidIO (ANSI/VITA 42.2)
and Xilinx Aurora (VITA 42.5). Please consult the factory for
additional information.
Fiber Optic I/O
Serial Baud Rate: 2.5 Gb/s standard, 1.062 to 6.4 Gb/s
options available
Interface: 850 nm for 50 / 62.5 μm multimode fiber
standard, other options available
Serial FPDP
Compliant to ANSI/VITA 17.1-2003, VITA 17.2 (draft 0.6)
Supports framing modes (unframed, fixed size, dynamic size)
Supports flow control
Supports copy and copy/loop modes
Supports sync with and without data valid
PCI Express
Compliant to VITA 42.0 and ANSI/VITA 42.3-2006
Compliant to PCI Express 1.0a
Supports x1, x2, x4, x8 at 2.5 Gb/s per link
(L) 149mm (5.66”) x (W) 74mm (2.91”)
Requires 5 Volts (PMC) or 5 to 12 Volt Vpwr (XMC),
automatically selected
Typical Power: 15 Watts
PCI Local Bus
Compliant to IEEE 1386.1-2000 PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC)
Compliant to ANSI/VITA 39-2003
Compliant to PCI 2.3, PCI-X 1.0, up to 64-bits, 133 MHz
Supports 3.3V and 5V I/O signaling
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JazzFiber-V5 is a trademark of TEK Microsystems, Incorporated.
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Last revised March 2014.
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