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Altera's new Cyclone II FPGA has fast-on feature

Posted: 11 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? Cyclone II FPGA? EP2C15A?

Altera Corp. has introduced the newest member of its Cyclone II FPGA family, the EP2C15A. Featuring 240Kbits of embedded RAM and 14,448 logic elements, Altera said the new device gives designers a higher memory-to-logic ratio than previously available.

According to the press release, the EP2C15A was designed with "fast-on" capability, shortening the power-on time of the device at start up and enabling it to meet the 50ms requirement for automotive applications. The Cyclone II FPGA family members EP2C8 and EP2C20 are also available with the new fast-on feature.

"A wide range of choices in the lower density range of the Cyclone II FPGA family provides engineers with more options when designing cost-sensitive, high-volume applications," said Louie Leung, Altera's Asia Pacific marketing director. "Specifically in the automotive market, the fast-on capability will be compelling for applications such as navigation, rear-seat entertainment, car networking and driver assistance."

The Cyclone series of devices is said to be the market leader in low-cost FPGAs. Available on 90nm and 130nm process technologies and designed from the ground up for low cost, Altera said Cyclone FPGAs enable customers to enjoy first-to-market success, greater product differentiation and increased profit versus what they might gain from alternative solutions such as ASICs or ASSPs. The Cyclone II FPGA family also offers the highest performance of any competing low-cost FPGA and consumes as little as 12mW of static power.

Engineering samples for Cyclone II FPGAs with fast-on capability are available from Altera and authorized distributors, with production units available next month. The EP2C15A device, which is only available with the fast-on option, is priced at $8.90 in 100,000-unit volumes for 2007.

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