One battleground in the world of FPGAs is the transceiver – the ability to bring in (or push out) high speed signals onto an FPGA at low power. In a world where FPGAs offer the ultimate ability in re-programmable logic, having multiple transceivers to bring in the bandwidth is a key part of design. This is why SmartNICs and dense server-to-server interconnect topologies all rely on FPGAs for initial deployment and adaptation, before perhaps moving to an ASIC. As a result, the key FPGA companies that play in this space often look at high-speed transceiver adoption and design as part of the product portfolio. In recent memory, Xilinx and Altera (now Intel), have been going back and forth, talking about 26G transceivers, 28G transceivers, 56G/58G...

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