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Altera Cyclone II FPGAs offered in new packaging options

Posted: 16 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? cyclone ii? fpga? ep2c20? ep2c35?

Altera Corp. introduced new packaging options for its Cyclone II FPGA family, providing designers of high-volume applications with even lower-cost programmable solutions and smaller form factors.

According to Altera, the new packages meet the needs of customers who are designing Cyclone II devices into low-cost applications never before addressed by FPGAs. The EP2C20 is now available in the low-cost 240-pin quad flat pack (QFP) package, and the EP2C35 and EP2C50 are now offered in the 19-by-19mm, small form factor 484-pin Ultra FineLine BGA (UFBGA) package.

"As more Cyclone II devices are being adopted into high-volume applications, the availability of the QFP and UFBGA packages will allow designers to realize lower total costs and to fit more functionality into a smaller board area," commented Steve Mensor, the company's senior director of product marketing for low-cost FPGAs.

Cost savings

The QFP package is designed for easier PCB assembly, resulting in cost savings for Cyclone II users. The EP2C20 device in the 240-pin QFP package has 142 user I/O pins and is the optimal low-cost package for PCBs with few board layers. The UFBGA's 0.8mm ball pitch allows for a smaller device footprint30 percent smaller than the equivalent 1mm ball pitch BGA packagewhile still providing over 50,000 logic elements for designers.

The EP2C20Q240 will be available in Q3 2005, and the EP2C35U484 and EP2C50U484 will be available in Q4 2005.

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