Xilinx High-Volume Programmable Logic Applications in Satellite Modem Designs
This paper provides an overview of satellite modem technologies and standards, and discusses how the Internet is driving the deployment of this technology. The major functional building blocks of a satellite modem are detailed, including an overview of the Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) that are typically used to implement the satellite interface. Finally, the paper illustrates how a Spartan device is used to implement complex system glue in a generic USB-interface satellite modem design. The Xilinx device families targeted at these high volume applications include XC9500 CPLDs and Spartan-II FPGAs.
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