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Altera rolls 28nm FPGA

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? Arria V GZ? communications? broadcast application?

Altera Corp. has extended its 28nm portfolio with the release of the Arria V GZ variant, incorporating the company's transceiver technology and claiming to deliver an overall core performance boost of more than two speed grades, or 30 per cent. The FPGA is designed to meet the demand for more bandwidth in communications and broadcast applications, added the company.

Arria V GZ FPGAs feature 36 backplane-capable transceivers that can operate at speeds up to 12.5Gb/s and enable of a variety of protocols. In addition, the variant features four separate DDR3 DIMM interfaces at 72bits wide, operating at 1600Mb/s. The combination of transceivers, fabric performance and quantity of available off-chip memory interfaces in Arria V GZ is unique for FPGAs, boasted Altera.

Arria V GZ devices feature hardened PCI Express Gen3 protocol stacks and soft IP-based memory controllers allowing for maximum flexibility, stated the firm. It also flaunts the most digital signal processing (DSP) in a FPGA for high integration, added Altera. In addition, it offers anti-tamper features including enhanced advanced encryption standard (AES) and easy-to-use on-board and off-board key programming.

Altera's 28 nm Arria V FPGAs claim to consume 40 per cent less power than the prior generation, and enable the industry's lowest power transceivers in FPGAs. Arria V FPGAs deliver the lowest total power while providing optimised performance for applications such as remote radio units, LTE wireless communication equipment, in-studio mixers and 10G/40G line cards, noted Altera.

Arria V GZ FPGAs are available and are supported in Quartus II software v12.1.

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