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First Stratix III FPGA chip ships ahead of schedule

Posted: 31 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:logic elements? power management? programmable logic?


Altera Corp. has started shipping EP3SL150, the first member of its 65nm Stratix III FPGA family today, a month ahead of schedule.

Featuring 150,000 logic elements, the chip is claimed to deliver the lowest power consumption of any high-density, high-performance programmable logic device, the EP3SL150 is suitable for a broad range of applications such as high performance computing, next-generation base stations, network infrastructure and advanced imaging equipment.

Stratix III FPGAs offer both 45 percent lower power consumption and a 25 percent performance advantage over competing solutions. The combination of Stratix III FPGAs and Altera Quartus II design software improves productivity as well as performance. For example, in the area of memory interfaces, the Stratix III FPGAs provide designers with the industry's only fully compliant interface support for the newly ratified JEDEC DDR3 SDRAM standard, including read and write leveling to DIMMs as well as devices, said Altera.

To dramatically lower power while simultaneously delivering high performance, Stratix III FPGAs feature Altera's innovative Programmable Power Technology. This power management technology enables every programmable logic array block (LAB), DSP block and memory block to operate independently at high-speed or low-power mode. The PowerPlay feature in Quartus II software automatically controls the mode of each block based on performance requirements. Another unique power saving feature is the Selectable Core Voltage, which allows designers to choose 1.1V core voltage for high-performance applications or 0.9V core voltage for the lowest power consumption.

"Stratix III FPGAs deliver tremendous value to customers with an unmatched combination of low power, high performance and high density," said Louie Leung, marketing director at Altera. "Combined with our Quartus II software, Stratix III FPGAs enable compelling differentiation for any high-end system designer concerned about meeting their power or performance targets."

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