High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design, Third Edition

A switched serial fabric system connects devices together to support multiple simultaneous data transfers, usually implemented with a crossbar switch. The nice thing about this strategy is that you can design and build -based hardware products that adapt to different fabrics, depending on the protocol IP core you install.

Looking inside just one example of a , we see a big cross point switch for handling traffic between payload boards. We also see possible front panel connections to other interfaces like networks or storage devices. With this architecture, any of the five fabrics can be used to deliver an incredibly well-connected solution for high-performance embedded systems.

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