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Flexible Pluggable Front Port Technology

I am writing this blog article in continuation of my previous blog - “Future-proof FPGA platforms the longevity and upgradability”. In this blog entry, I discuss the available pluggable front port technology, complementing the flexible properties of the described future-proof FPGA-based SmartNICs. Here are the properties of front port technology that define its flexibility: Level of backward compatibility Number of link types supported Number of link rates supported Available lane breakout functionality The market is swamped with different IEEE/MSA defined front port formfactors, that currently support link speeds up to 400G. Only a reduced subset of these meet the physical outline limitations imposed by the PCIe standard. With focus on the high-end SmartNIC use case, this blog will focus on…

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