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Stratix FPGAs qualified for military sector

Posted: 28 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EP1S30F780? EP1S40F1020? EP1S60F1020? FPGA? Altera?

Altera Corp.'s Stratix FPGA family has been qualified for military temperature requirements, ranging from -55C to 125C.

Initial military temperature support is being offered for the EP1S30F780, EP1S40F1020 and the EP1S60F1020 members of the Stratix family. Altera qualifies Stratix devices across the commercial, industrial and military temperature ranges, and verifies that they perform within stringent specifications. The company provides military temperature range operation through the use of industrial-grade Stratix devices compiled to a slower speed-grade. Using standard industrial devices for military operation enables major price and life-cycle advantages compared to dedicated military devices.

Military and aerospace suppliers require extended life-cycle management, increased demonstration of quality and reliability measures, longer-lead product change notice cycles and the need for increased supply-chain responsiveness and responsibilities. Altera addresses the demands as part of its commercial off-the-shelf strategy that focuses on providing semiconductor devices for advanced military applications.

"Altera's efforts to address military and aerospace market needs enabled us to deliver flexibility, reduced risk, and high reliability for long life-cycle modernization programs such as our F-16 AN/APG-68 programmable signal radar processor, which recently earned Safety of Flight Certification and entered into formal flight testing," said Brad Dyer, vice president of operations at CPU Technology Inc. "Altera's proactive approach allowed us to exploit the programmability and high capacity of their Stratix II FPGAs using our SystemLab suite of design tools, helping us to achieve the desired level of flexibility in a very complex program development."

Stratix II product pricing for the military market is the same as commercial-grade devices. In moderately high volumes (for the military sector) as used in missiles for example, the devices cost $699.

- Ismini Scouras

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