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Altera touts highest density FPGA

Posted: 24 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable logic device  high density FPGA 

Altera Corp. says it has developed the industry's highest density FPGA. A member of Altera's 65nm Stratix III family, the EP3SL340 features an industry-leading 340K logic elements (LEs), supports DDR3 memory with interface speeds in excess of 1,067Mbit/s, and offers the lowest power consumption of any high-density, high-performance programmable logic device (PLD).

The Stratix III EP3SL340 FPGA provides a 25 per cent performance advantage over competing high-density FPGAs and leverages Altera's Programmable Power Technology, delivering 29 per cent lower power consumption. The devices also provide over 1067Mbit/s DDR3 memory interface speeds, a 33 per cent advantage in memory performance over competing FPGA solutions. The combination of 340K LEs, 17Mbits of embedded memory and 575 18 x 18 multipliers gives designers an unparalleled level of functionality.

According to the company, the combination of Stratix III FPGAs with Altera Quartus II design software delivers a productivity advantage that competitive solutions are unable to match?far shorter compile times for faster overall timing closure. With this capability, possible through the advanced place-and-route algorithms in Quartus II software, high-end design engineers can achieve faster time to market.

"Stratix III FPGAs offer an unmatched combination of low power, high performance and high density," said David Greenfield, senior director of product marketing, high-end FPGAs at Altera. "The availability of our 340K-LE device allows us to clearly demonstrate our technology leadership position and deliver to our customers a device that provides the fastest memory interface and fastest system performance while reducing overall power consumption and compile times. Our customers have demanded an FPGA solution that meets their high-end FPGA requirements, and we have delivered such a solution with the EP3SL340."

Stratix III EP3SL340 FPGAs are shipping now to customers in volume.

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