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Altera releases new version of Stratix II PowerPlay Early Power Estimator

Posted: 21 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Altera Corp. announced the immediate availability of v2.1 of the Stratix II PowerPlay Early Power Estimator, which has been updated to reflect an up to 47 percent reduced static power consumption of production-qualified Stratix II FPGAs.

With this new version, said Altera, designers can estimate the power consumption of their designs targeting Stratix II FPGAs early in their design process with better accuracy than competing design solutions. As characterization progresses and data is collected from a large volume of devices, Altera translates the measured data into tighter specifications within Quartus II timing and power models. This policy of open communication ensures that designers can successfully develop and quickly ramp their products to volume production.

The Early Power Estimator includes support for worst-case process and temperature; variable ambient temperature; reported junction temperature; both core and I/O power consumption; commercial and industrial device temperature; all package combinations; and heatsinks and air-flow considerations.

"The large amount of measured data collected as Stratix II FPGAs move into volume production, and with the elimination of in-rush current in the production devices, enables us to significantly lower our power specifications," explained David Greenfield, Altera's senior director of product marketing for high-density FPGA products.

Stratix II FPGAs

Built on TSMC's 90nm process technology, the Stratix II devices use Black Diamond low-k dielectric material. The process technology, along with the Stratix II family's adaptive logic module (ALM) based architecture enables a performance boost over the previous generation of Stratix devices. According to Altera, these devices were the industry's first 90nm high-density FPGAs to sample and move into production, and deliver industry-leading performance and density while minimizing total power consumption.

The Stratix II Early Power Estimator v2.1 is available for immediate download at the company's website.

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