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Date: 3rd Nov 09

 Low cost Cyclone IV FPGA from Altera with high-speed serial comm. transceiver

Altera has released the new low cost Cyclone IV FPGA family that adds support for mainstream serial protocols. This family offers interesting features but at low cost. The Cyclone IV FPGA family is suitable for high bandwidth multimedia applications such as mobile video, voice, data access, and high-quality 3D images.

The Cyclone IV FPGA family offers two variants. Cyclone IV GX devices have up to 150K logic elements (LEs), up to 6.5-Mbits of RAM, up to 360 multipliers, and up to eight integrated 3.125-Gbps transceivers supporting mainstream protocols including Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), SDI, CPRI, V-by-One and Cyclone IV GX has hard IP for PCI Express (PCIe). The transceiver-less Cyclone IV E devices consume 25% low power compared to previous Cyclone family FPGAs, making it suitable for applications such as handheld software-defined radio.

"Cyclone IV FPGAs will expand the reach of FPGAs like never before," said Vince Hu, vice president of product and corporate marketing at Altera. "By rivaling the cost of ASSPs and offering unmatched flexibility, Cyclone IV FPGAs are the obvious choice for next-generation designs. The innovative features of the Cyclone IV family make it easy for designers to support multiple protocols, simplify board design and create obsolescence-proof solutions that will outlast ASSPs."

By integrating transceivers, Cyclone IV GX FPGAs eliminate external component costs and reduce power consumption up to 30 percent.

Altera has also made available new Quartus II software version 9.1 for CPLD, FPGA and HardCopy ASIC designs. The new features and enhancements within Quartus II software v9.1 reduce compile times 20 percent, while continuing to deliver on average 2X to 3X faster compile times compared to high-density 40-nm and 65-nm designs.

The EP4CE6 and EP4CGX15: Starts at $3 and $6 for 250K pieces

Production shipments of the EP4CGX15 and EP4CE115, the first Cyclone IV GX and Cyclone IV E devices respectively, will begin in the first quarter of 2010.

For more details visit www.altera.com

Editorial Product Rating: Average

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