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Altera ships new Cyclone III FPGA one month ahead

Posted: 28 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:65nm? Cyclone III FPGAs? DSP?

EP3C120 from Altera

Altera Corp. is now shipping the EP3C120 device, the highest density member of its low-cost 65nm Cyclone III FPGA family, a month ahead of schedule.

Unlike other similar FPGAs that consume over 1W of standby power, EP3C120 consumes less than 200mW standby power. This low power consumption enables the device to address power-sensitive applications or applications in thermally challenging environments where the heat generated by device operation cannot easily be dissipated, affecting product reliability and cost. Applications include wireless communications infrastructure, software defined radio and video processing and imaging.

"Applications such as software defined radio and emerging new wireless and video designs are looking for solutions that offer both high functionality and low power, all at a low cost," said Louie Leung, marketing director, Asia Pacific, Altera. "The EP3C120 delivers in all three of these areas and has enjoyed a very fast adoption into applications where low-cost FPGAs have traditionally not participated." Leveraging TSMC's 65nm low power process, Altera's Cyclone III FPGAs offer low power, a rich supply of logic (5K to 120K logic elements), memory (up to 4Mbits) and DSP capabilities (up to 288 DSP multipliers).

The entire Cyclone III family is supported by Quartus II software version 7.1 in both subscription and free web editions. The advanced technology and productivity features in Quartus II software allow designers to employ the Cyclone III family to achieve 50 percent lower power consumption compared to the previous generation family, and three speed grades faster than the nearest low-cost FPGA competitor, said Altera.

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