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Altera rolls out faster FPGA devices

Posted: 11 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? stratix ii? fpga?

Altera Corp. has launched the newly architected, high-density Stratix II family of FPGAs.

Featuring what the company claims as the industry's first adaptable FPGA architecture, the Stratix II offers more than double the logic density in a single device, and is 50 percent faster and 25 percent more efficient compared to first-generation Stratix devices.

The products deliver fast, predictable performance for complex digital signal processing (DSP) functions with up to 384 18-bit x 18-bit multipliers per device, while supporting 370MHz performance for high-bandwidth parallel processing. It also supports the latest external memory interfaces in dedicated circuitry, including 266MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 300MHz RLDRAM II, and 200MHz QDRII SRAM devices with sufficient bandwidth and I/O pins to support interfacing with multiple, standard 64-bit, 168-/144-pin dual inline memory modules (DIMMs).

The embedded serialization/deserialization (serdes) and dynamic phase alignment (DPA) circuitry in the FPGAs enable 1Gbps source-synchronous I/O performance without consuming logic resources. It also includes advanced encryption standard (AES)-based, nonvolatile 128-bit encryption technology that ensures that a customer's IP that is designed into a Stratix II FPGA is secure from piracy.

Stratix II devices are supported by the Quartus II v4.0 design software, which offers customers a suite of synthesis, optimization, verification and system-level design tools in a single, unified design environment. It will also be available in the HardCopy structured ASIC version, giving customers a seamless migration path to volume production.

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