Based on announcements from vendors, enterprises and service providers, 100G system deployment is finally gaining real traction in the marketplace. The primary driver for this deployment is the customers’ ceaseless demand for higher bandwidth. Various standard bodies are working to ratify the emerging 100G standards for transport and Ethernet, as well as optical interfaces. Due to their flexibility, FPGAs play a vital role for early adopters who want to design 100G systems today, prior to the standards being ratified. Altera’s Stratix IV GT FPGAs solve the problem for both 100G transport and 100G Ethernet by providing integrated 11.3-Gbps transceivers in the 40-nm technology node.