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Stratix III FPGAs power ASIC prototyping board

Posted: 13 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? Altera Stratix III? ASIC prototype board?


The Dini Group has selected Altera Corp.'s Stratix III EP3SL340 FPGA, featuring 340K logic elements (LEs), in its DN7020K10, the industry's largest single-board FPGA-based prototyping engine.

The DN7020K10 supports 20 EP3SL340 FPGAs in 1,760-pin packages providing 1,104 user I/Os per device and a capacity of more than 50 million equivalent ASIC gates. Customers designing custom ASICs, such as those used in wireless communications, networking and graphics-processing applications, can use this ultra-high-capacity prototyping board to verify their logic designs and run them at near real-time clock speeds.

"Altera's Stratix III FPGAs are the biggest and fastest FPGAs available today, and that's what our customers require," said Mike Dini, president of The Dini Group. "Our DN7020K10, featuring 20 EP3SL340 FPGAs, and our DN7006K10PCIe-8T, featuring six EP3SL340 FPGAs, provide high gate-count custom ASIC developers the fastest possible implementation with an unprecedented ASIC gate capacity."

�Designers of large ASICs can now run their designs at speeds approaching final silicon. The DN7020K10 includes features required to make prototyping easy including global clock networks that reach every FPGA; six DDR2 SODIMM memory sockets; wide range of daughtercards; and USB and flash configuration.

Altera's Stratix III family of high-end FPGAs delivers what is claimed to be the lowest power consumption, highest performance and highest density 65nm device. The Stratix III EP3SL340 features 340K LEs, supports DDR3 memory with interface speeds in excess of 1067Mbit/s, and features Altera's Programmable Power Technology. The device's density combined with 17Mbit of embedded memory and 575 18 x18 multipliers give designers an unparalleled level of functionality.

"Altera and The Dini Group work together closely to ensure their ASIC prototyping solutions deliver the optimal amount of performance and density," said David Greenfield, senior director of product marketing, high-end products at Altera. "Our Stratix III FPGAs deliver unprecedented logic capacity and on-chip memory resources, making it an ideal solution for FPGA-based prototyping engines."

The Stratix III FPGA-based boards are available now from The Dini Group.

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