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Altera uncloaks automotive, industrial-grade SoCs

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? industrial automation? SoC?

Altera Corp. has unveiled its Cyclone V SoCs and engineering samples of its Arria V SoCs. The Cyclone V SoCs at 925MHz for commercial-grade and 700MHz for automotive-grade, and Arria V SoCs at 1.05GHz for industrial-grade are touted by the company as the industry's highest performing SoCs in the FPGA industry.

Altera claims to offer the industry's broadest range of densities with its 28nm SoCs, ranging from 25K logic elements (LE) up to 460K LE. This density range allows Altera SoCs to be integrated into a variety of embedded systems, ranging from cost-sensitive industrial automation and automotive driver assist systems to applications that require higher-performance, including remote radio units, 10G/40G line cards and broadcast studio equipment. Increasing the core frequency of the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor enables the devices to meet performance requirements of an even greater number of embedded systems.

Altera SoCs combine a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor system with FPGA logic on a single device. Altera SoCs include several distinctive features (32bit error correction code, a high-bandwidth memory controller with built in memory protection, flexible boot capability and integrated PCI Express across all SoCs) that enable developers in the wireless communications, industrial, video surveillance, automotive and medical equipment markets to create custom SoC variants optimised for system power, board space, performance and cost requirements.

Altera SoCs are supported by a broad ecosystem of operating systems, design tools, development kits and software-development solutions from Altera, ARM and third parties that ease the development and use of the devices. The Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) allows embedded developers to jumpstart their firmware and application software development by offering a comprehensive tool suite that includes development tools, utility programs, run-time software and application examples. At the heart of the SoC EDS is the exclusive ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition Toolkit. This toolkit combines the ARM DS-5 advanced multi-core debugging capabilities with FPGA-adaptivity for unprecedented full-chip debugging visibility and control.

Cyclone V SoCs are shipping today in production in 85K LE and 110K LE densities and are available with all three transceiver option variants (SE, SX and ST). Cyclone V SoCs offer a single- or dual-processor core option that operates at a core clock frequency of up to 925MHz in a C6 speed grade. An automotive-grade Cyclone V SoC operating with a core clock frequency of 700MHz is also available. These devices are geared for high-temperature environments such as automotive driver assist, infotainment and e-vehicle.

The largest Arria V SoC with 460K LE is shipping engineering samples. The Arria V SoC features a dual-core processor that operates at a core clock frequency of up to 1.05GHz in an I3 speed grade.

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