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Low-Latency Ethernet MAC IP Core


The German Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI) partners with MLE to commmercialize and market HHI's proven network technology solutions.  The Low-Latency Ethernet Media Access Controller IP Core enables high-bandwidth, low-latency Ethernet communication solutions for FPGA-based systems at 10Gbit/s line rate. 

MLE is a licensee of Fraunhofer HHI, and offers a range of technology services, sublicenses and business models compatible with customer's ASIC or FPGA project settings, world-wide.

Key Features

  • Platform independent core
  • Low Latency, 19.2ns at 64-Bit at 156.25MHz
  • AXI4-Stream protocol support on client
    transmit and receive interface
  • Low resource usage
  • Deficit Idle Count mechanism to ensure full data rate
  • Padding of short frames (<64 byte)
  • Support for VLAN tagged frames
  • Promiscuous mode support
  • Generation and checking of CRC-32 at full line rate
  • Optional user defined maximum frame length up to 64 kb or complete disabling of frame length check
  • Customization through configuration vector to trade resources for functionality



10 GigE MAC is available as a combination of Intellectual Property (IP) Cores, reference designs, plus supporting design integration services:

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Intellectual Property (IP) Cores

Fully paid-up-for Single-Project or Multi-Project Use IP Core license for FPGA; delivered as encrypted netlist or RTL.

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Please contact MLE for additional details on 10 GigE MAC products and services.



The Low-Latency 10GigE MAC (as IP core or reference design) is available for the following FPGA families:

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Fraunhofer HHI

Founded in 1949, the German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. With a workforce of over 23,000, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s biggest organization for applied research, and currently operates a total of 67 institutes and research units. The organization’s core task is to carry out research of practical utility in close cooperation with its customers from industry and the public sector.

Fraunhofer HHI was founded in 1928 as "Heinrich-Hertz-Institut für Schwingungsforschung“ and joined in 2003 the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as the "Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut„. Today it is the leading research institute for networking and telecommunications technology, “Driving the Gigabit Society” .