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DC-DC power converter solutions built using Enpirion tech

Posted: 24 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera Corporation? FPGA? reference designs? power-optimised? FETs?

Altera Corporation has unveiled four new reference designs use the power technology obtained through its acquisition of Enpirion. The Altera power-optimised reference designs are offered to customers as downloadable design packages and are demonstrated in hardware on Altera development kits. A design package targeting Cyclone V SoCs is available today for download, with additional design packages targeting 28nm FPGAs available later this quarter.

The Altera power-optimised reference designs take advantage of Enpirion PowerSoC DC-DC converters, which include integrated controllers, high-frequency power FETs and inductors in the smallest thermally efficient package. The ultra-small, high-performance components are optimised to deliver the demanding dynamic performance required to power an FPGA, while fitting into the smallest board area. Enpirion PowerSoCs enable FPGA board developers to simultaneously reduce power converter area by up to 50 per cent, while improving system power efficiency by up to 35 per cent. Supplying both industry-leading FPGA solutions and innovative power solutions enable Altera to work with its customers to rapidly develop FPGA-based systems that efficiently manage system power and performance with assured reliability.

The reference designs offer significant productivity benefits to design teams. Altera optimised the board layout and provides customers detailed schematics that make it easy for board developers to evaluate and integrate power-optimised technology into their FPGA-based system. The reference designs are available as downloadable design packages, which have been tested by Altera to optimally work with its FPGAs and SoCs. Each design package contains the schematics for the FPGA's power circuits, application notes, bill-of-materials list, power tree layout guidelines and Gerber files for individual power components. This information simplifies board layout, speeds design cycles and ensures board developers achieve first-pass success.

The first power reference design available for download targets the low-power, low-cost Cyclone V SoC, which integrate an ARM Cortex A9 processor system into a 28nm FPGA. Power reference designs targeting the Stratix V, Arria V and Cyclone V FPGAs will be available later this quarter. Altera will demonstrate its power-optimised technology in hardware on four 28nm development kits C the Stratix V GX FPGA development kit, Arria V GT FPGA development kit, the Cyclone V GX FPGA development kit and Cyclone V SX SoC development kit. These boards integrate Altera power solutions and demonstrate the capabilities, functionality, power efficiency and board area savings of the Altera power-optimised technology.

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