Core1990: Interlaken protocol


Name: core1990_interlaken
Created: Mar 19, 2018
Updated: Jan 23, 2020
SVN Updated: Jan 23, 2020
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Other project properties

Category:Communication controller
Development status:Alpha
Additional info:FPGA proven
WishBone compliant: No
WishBone version: n/a
License: LGPL


Core1990 is a point-to-point communication protocol using the royalty-free Interlaken protocol as its foundation.
It is designed by engineers and students of the Electronics Department of Nikhef (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) with large experiments at CERN (e.g. ATLAS) in mind.
The development of Core1990 was intended to explore and publish an open source protocol providing high throughput with a small percentage of overhead.
Certain features like flow control and error detection will be included.

The Interlaken protocol

Core1990 is developed according to the Interlaken Protocol Definition revision 1.2 which was published on October 7, 2008.

Here are some pointers to the official Interlaken alliance:
Official website
Protocol Definition v1.2
Copyright © 2006 Cortina Systems, Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc.


This is the current status of the project:
* Data is packed into bursts and metaframes and is unpacked by the receiver
* CRC-24/32 are generated and checked
* Data is encoded/decoded (including scrambling)
* Hardware implementation targets Xilinx devices (Tested on VC707 and VC709 boards)
* Verified with an official Xilinx Interlaken IP-Core

Last update January 2020

To Do

* Hardware implementation for Altera (Intel PSG) devices
* Support other FPGA platforms
* Implement channel bonding