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Arria V GZ prepped to meet increased bandwidth demand

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Arria V GZ? DDR3 DIMM interfaces? AES? PCI Express Gen3? DSP?

Altera Corporation has recently expanded its 28 nm portfolio with the introduction of the Arria V GZ variant, incorporating the company's transceiver technology and boosting overall core performance by 30 per cent.

Altera's latest product has been designed to meet the demand for more bandwidth in communications and broadcast applications. Arria V GZ FPGAs feature 36 backplane-capable transceivers that can operate at speeds up to 12.5Gbit/s and enable of a variety of protocols. In addition, the variant features four separate DDR3 DIMM interfaces at 72 bits wide, operating at 1600 Mbit/s. The combination of transceivers, fabric performance and quantity of available off-chip memory interfaces in Arria V GZ is unique for midrange FPGAs.

"Customers face many challenges when designing high-performance systems, including the need to balance power and performance while increasing bandwidth to off-chip memory," said Patrick Dorsey, senior director of marketing at Altera. "The Arria V GZ variant provides both the high-speed serial transceivers and the external memory capability that designers need to build today's bandwidth-hungry data processing systems."

Additional features of Arria V GZ devices include a hardened PCI Express Gen3 protocol stacks, Soft intellectual property (IP)-based memory controllers, improved digital signal processing (DSP) in a midrange FPGA for high integration and anti-tamper such as the enhanced advanced encryption standard (AES) and easy-to-use on-board and off-board key programming.

Arria V GZ FPGAs are available now and are supported in Quartus II software v12.1. For more information, video content is available here .

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