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Altera, Micron demonstrate FPGA and HMC interoperability

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? Micron? Stratix V? FPGA? Hybrid Memory Cube?

Altera and Micron recently announced that they have jointly demonstrated successful interoperability between Altera Stratix V FPGAs and Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube(HMC). The achievement enables system designers to evaluate the benefits of HMC with FPGAs and SoCs for next-generation communications and high-performance computing designs.

The demonstration provides an early proof point that production support of HMC will be delivered with Altera's Generation 10 portfolio, in alignment with market timing, and includes both Stratix 10 and Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs. HMC has been recognised by industry leaders as the long-awaited answer to address the limitations imposed by conventional memory technology, and provides ultra-high system performance with significantly lower power-per-bit. HMC delivers up to 15 times the bandwidth of a DDR3 module and uses 70 per cent less energy and 90 per cent less space than existing technologies.

HMC's abstracted memory allows designers to devote more time leveraging HMC's revolutionary features and performance and less time navigating the multitude of memory parameters required to implement basic functions. It also manages error correction, resiliency, refresh, and other parameters exacerbated by memory process variation. Micron expects to begin sampling HMC later this year with volume production ramping in 2014.

"As one of the founding developers of the HMC Consortium, Altera's support for and involvement with HMC has been invaluable," said Brian Shirley, vice president of DRAM solutions for Micron Technology. "The combination of Altera FPGAs with Micron's HMC solution will help customers leverage the technology's performance and efficiency in a wide range of next generation networking and computing applications."

Altera's 28nm Stratix V FPGAs are an ideal demonstration of HMC technology since they are the highest performance FPGAs in the industry with a two speed-grade advantage over the nearest competitor. This performance enables the FPGA to leverage the full bandwidth, efficiency and power benefits of HMC by using a full 16 transceiver HMC link.

"By demonstrating Stratix V and HMC working together now, we are enabling our customers to leverage their current development with Stratix V FPGAs and prepare for production deployment in Altera's Generation 10 devices, knowing they will have proven HMC support." said Danny Biran, senior vice president of marketing and corporate strategy at Altera. "The partnership between Altera and Micron to deliver this capability puts our customers at the forefront of innovation."





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