SLVS-EC Rx IP provides SLVS-EC interface for Altera FPGA to receive image sensor data. SLVS-EC is Sony’s upcoming high-speed interface for next-generation high-resolution CMOS image sensors. This standard is tolerant of lane-to-lane skew because of embedded clock technology, so that it makes a board level design very easy in terms of high-speed and long distance transmission.


  • Compliant with SLVS-EC Specification Version 1.2/2.0
  • Supports various functions defined by the SLVS-EC Link layer (Altera PCS/PMA is used as Physical layer)
  • Supports Byte-to-Pixel conversion for various lane-configurations
  • Supports Header analysis and Payload error detection


Function Description
Number of Lanes 1, 2, 4, 6, 8
Baud Grade 1, 2, 3
Bit per Pixel 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
CRC Limited*
ECC Supported
Embedded Data Supported
Dynamic Mode Change Supported
Multiple Stream If needed

* Please contact Macnica sales department about limitations.

  • The operating frequency may not be achievable depending on the speed grade, number of lanes, and other factors of the FPGA used.

Supported Devices

  • Cyclone V GX
  • Cyclone 10 GX
  • Arria 10 GX

* Please contact Macnica sales department about other devices.


  • Encrypted RTL (Verilog HDL)
  • Reference design
  • Simulation environment (For ModelSim)
  • User's manual, Reference manual, Simulation manual

Device Resource Utilization

Resource Utilization for 8lane full configuration (including both Transceiver and IP)

Items Cyclone® V GX Arria® 10 GX
w/o ECC w/ECC w/o ECC w/ECC
ALMs 4711 8242 3930 7555
Total Registers 4328 6664 3778 6079
Total block memory bits 4096 13312 2560 11776

*  The above values are estimated resource utilization of the IP and Transceivers. They may vary depending on your system configuration.

Demo Environment

Data output from Sony CMOS image sensor via SLVS-EC is received by the FPGA. The FPGA outputs RAW still image to USB3.0 and live video image to HDMI respectively. In addition to SLVS-EC Rx IP, another Mpression family IP, “HDMI 2.0 Tx IP” is also used in this demonstration.


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