Implements a UDP/IP hardware protocol stack that enables high-speed communication over a LAN or a point-to-point connection. Designed for standalone operation, the core is ideal for offloading the host processor from the demanding task of UDP/IP encapsulation and enables media streaming with speeds up to 40Gbps even in processor-less SoC designs.
Trouble-free network operation is ensured through run-time programmability of all the required network parameters (local, destination and gateway IP addresses; UDP ports; and MAC address). The core implements the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), which is critical for multiple access networks, and the Echo Request and Reply Messages (“ping”) of the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) widely used to test network connectivity. It can use a static IP address or automatically request and acquire an IP address from a Dynamic Host Configuration Server (DHCP) server. Furthermore, the core supports 801.1Q tagging, and is suitable for operation in a Virtual LAN.
The core is easy to integrate in systems with or without a host processor. Packet data can be read/written to the core via dedicated streaming-capable interfaces, or optionally via registers mapped on an SoC bus. The AMBA® AXI4-stream or the Avalon®-ST streaming protocols and the AMBA AHB and AXI, Avalon-MM, or Wishbone SoC bus protocols are supported. The core is Ethernet MAC-independent, but is available pre-integrated with a CAST, Altera, Xilinx, or other third-party eMAC core.