FPGA company Altera detaches from Intel with some cords still connected

Date: 12/03/2024
Nine years after acquiring FPGA company Altera, Intel has rebranded and separated FPGA business back as under the name of Altera as a standalone FPGA company. It is headed by Sandra Rivera as CEO and Shannon Poulin as COO.

The market potential of FPGA market is said to worth $55 billion-plus. Altera to offer only FPGA with AI built into the fabric.

“As customers deal with increasingly complex technological challenges and work to differentiate themselves from their competitors and accelerate time to value, we have an opportunity to reinvigorate the FPGA market. We’re leading with a bold, agile and customer-obsessed approach to deliver programmable solutions and accessible AI across a broad range of applications in the comms, cloud, data center, embedded, industrial, automotive and mil-aero market segments.”
said Sandra Rivera, chief executive officer of Altera

Altera to address the AI market with its FPGA AI Suite and OpenVINO. These solutions generate optimized intellectual property (IP) based on standard frameworks like TensorFlow and Pytorch, enabling seamless integration of critical AI inferencing capabilities into Altera's FPGAs.

The company has announced new products and services tailored to customer needs, including:
Agilex 9: Now in volume production, Agilex 9 offers the industry's fastest data converters, making it ideal for radar and military-aerospace applications that require high-bandwidth mixed-signal FPGAs.
Agilex 7 F-series and I-series: Released to production, these devices offer 2x better fabric performance per watt compared to competing FPGAs, making them well-suited for high-bandwidth compute applications such as data centers, networking, and defense.
Agilex 5: Now broadly available, Agilex 5 delivers FPGA fabric infused with AI, offering best-in-class performance and 1.6x better performance per watt than competing products. It is designed for embedded and edge applications.
Upcoming Agilex 3: This product line will offer leading value and low-power FPGAs tailored for low-complexity functions in cloud, communications, and intelligent edge applications.