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Altera begins shipping FPGA with embedded transceivers

Posted: 31 Jul 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera  Stratix II GX  EP2SGX130  FPGA 

Altera Corp. has begun shipping the Stratix II GX family's EP2SGX130 device, said to be the industry's largest FPGA with embedded transceivers. The company said its new FPGA features more than 132,000 equivalent logic elements (LEs), giving designers ample logic resources to implement multiple protocols or highly complex intellectual property (IP). This enables designers to address multiple markets and customer requirements cost-effectively with a single device, Altera said. In addition, 20 fully functional multigigabit transceivers in the new device make it suitable for PCI Express bridging and multiple-port line card applications.

"Stratix II GX devices are the only FPGAs with transceivers that provide excellent jitter performance and the lowest power consumption all the way to 6.375Gbps," said David Greenfield, Altera's senior director of marketing for high-end FPGAs. "A great benefit of the EP2SGX130 density and channel count is that multiple protocols easily fit on a single device, providing a new level of design flexibility."

Where board space and power are primary considerations for device selection, the Stratix II GX FPGA family offers 20 channels of the industry's lowest power transceivers, Altera said, with 6.5W less power dissipation at 6.375Gbps than the nearest competitor. The Stratix II GX FPGA transceivers' optimised signal integrity has been demonstrated for boards and backplanes using FR-4 materials at over 1.25m, thus lowering OEM system costs and improving manufacturing yields, the company explained. These low-power transceivers also lower cost by reducing cooling system complexity and associated equipment maintenance expenses.

Altera claims to be the only FPGA vendor that designs its high-density devices with redundant circuitry to ensure high yields and, in turn, readily available parts. The EP2SGX130 device, also available in RoHS-compliant packaging, is the second member of the Stratix II GX FPGA family to begin shipping to customers.




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