For system developers requiring higher levels of performance and power efficiencies, Altera Corporation has released its Generation 10 FPGAs and SoCs (system-on-chip) devices.
The Initial devices in these families include Arria 10 and Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs with embedded processors. These next generation devices combine advanced process technologies, including Intel’s 14-nm Tri-Gate process and TSMC’s 20nm process.
These devices are designed for advanced, high performance applications in the networking, communications, broadcast and compute and storage markets while significantly reducing system power. Enabled through the use of Intel’s 14nm Tri-Gate process and an enhanced high-performance architecture, these product ranges have an operating frequency over one gigahertz, with twice the core performance of current high-end 28-nm FPGAs. It is possible to achieve up to a 70 percent reduction in power consumption at performance levels equivalent to the previous generation.
These are the first devices in this portfolio and join the company’s midrange programmable product range, delivering both the performance and capabilities of current high-end FPGAs at a low midrange power.
Other features and capabilities include a high degree of system integration for a midrange device, including 1.15 million logic elements (LEs), integrated hard IP and a second-generation processor system that features a 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. A four times greater bandwidth in comparison to the current generation, including 28-Gbps transceivers, and three times higher system performance, including 2666Mbps DDR4 support and up to 15-Gbps Hybrid Memory Cube support.
These devices are supported by the company’s Quartus II development software and tools for higher level design flows that include an OpenCL Software Development Kit (SDK), SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) and DSP Builder development tool suite enables design teams to exploit productivity while making it easier for new design teams to adopt this latest range of FPGAs and SoCs in their next-generation systems.