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Arria GX FPGA boosts speed to 3.125Gbit/s

Posted: 09 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Arria GX FPGA? low static power? transceiver speed?

Altera Corp. has upgraded its Arria GX FPGA family by offering support for transceiver speeds up to 3.125Gbit/s, additional serial protocols and reduced static power.

Based on the Stratix II GX technology, Arria GX FPGAs are designed to deliver robust signal integrity at a low price for higher volume applications. The increased transceiver speeds, expanded protocol support and reduced static power enables the Arria GX family to deliver greater value in communications, broadcast, computer, storage and industrial markets.

The Arria GX family includes increased performance and function of the transceivers to drive serial interfaces at speeds from 600Mbit/s up to 3.125Gbit/s and a reduction in static power of up to 20 percent. In addition, Arria GX FPGAs provide support for more protocols, including XAUI, SDI, CPRI, OBSAI and SerialLite II, along with the ability to develop proprietary, serial-based IP using its Basic mode. The Arria GX family continues to support PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and Serial RapidIO protocols. The upgraded device also includes performance-enhancing features such as channel equalization. Arria GX FPGAs utilize flip-chip packaging technology that provides superior signal integrity compared to wire-bond packages.

"We've expanded our initial Arria GX product offering to address an increasing number of applications requiring additional transceiver performance," said Luanne Schirrmeister, director of marketing, low-cost products at Altera.

The Arria GX family is comprised of five devices ranging in density from 21K to 90K LEs, up to 4.5Mbit of embedded memory and up to 176 multipliers. The family is built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s 90nm process.

Arria GX FPGAs utilize the Quartus II design software to accelerate compile times, helping users expedite time to market. With outstanding software tools, verified IP cores, complete characterization reports, reference designs, and excellent support, customers can begin designing immediately with Arria GX devices.

An advanced version of the Arria GX datasheet can be downloaded at Quartus II software version 7.2 is available at An upgraded version of Quartus II software will be available soon; designers can complete their Arria GX design using Quartus II v7.2 software, and then port the design to new software version.

Pricing for the upgraded Arria GX devices will remain the same as the initial version, $50 for the EP1AGX50CF484C6 device in 25,000-unit volume. All Arria GX devices are shipping and available. The Arria GX development kit is available for ordering through the Altera online store at

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