FPGA Programmable PHYs

Aquantia AQcite is a product family of programmable PHYs that includes the AQLX107, a PHY+FPGA multi-gigabit connectivity solution. The AQLX107 is a single-chip programmable BASE-T PHY+Controller/Bridge device based on AQrate technology and the Xilinx® Kintex7® FPGA. The AQLX107 is the first FPGA-programmable multi-gigabit BASE-T PHY that includes an integrated FPGA enabling “Any-to-Ethernet” programmability and connectivity up to 100 meters of Cat 5e or better cabling.

On the line side, AQLX107 supports the following protocols:

  • 10GBASE-T
  • 5GBASE-T
  • 2.5GBASE-T
  • 1000BASE-T
  • 100BASE-TX


Aquantia’s AQLX107 enables customers to engineer their own unique controller and protocol converter of “Any-to-Ethernet” and connect it directly to standard Ethernet networks using the most versatile and advanced BASE-T PHY technology. Typical applications include Audio/Video over Ethernet, Machine Vision, and Enterprise data center, campus, and metro environments.


  • Single chip with integrated multi-gigabit Ethernet PHY and FPGA
  • On-chip PHY supports the following rates:
    • 100 meters over Cat 6a at 10 Gbps
    • 100 meters+ over Cat 5e /Cat 6 at 5 Gbps /2.5 Gbps 1 Gbps/100 Mbps
  • On-chip FPGA supports the following:
    • 14 (7 input, 7 output) 10.3125 Gbps HSIO differential SerDes signal
    • 194 1.86 Gbps GPIO (HR)
    • 100 1.4 Gbps GPIO (HP)
  • Integrated MACsec (IEEE-802.1ae) and PTP (IEEE-1588v2):
    • Enables refresh of legacy switches without an ASIC re-spin
    • Full support for AES-256 and stand-alone operation
  • IEEE 802.3an/bz and NBASE-T compliant featuring AQrate Adaptive Rate Operation:
    • Supports 10GBASE-T /5GBASE-T /2.5GBASE-T 1000BASE-T /100BASE-TX
  • Robust Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) performance:
    • Designed for resilient operation when exposed to RFI/EMI
  • Advanced Cable Diagnostics:
    • On-chip high-resolution cable analyzer
  • Built-in Thermal Management:
    • On-chip thermal sensor with alarm and warning thresholds