Altera First to Benchmark Complex High-Performance Floating-Point Digital Signal Processing Designs on 28 nm FPGAs

  Altera First to Benchmark Complex High-Performance Floating-Point Digital
                   Signal Processing Designs on 28 nm FPGAs

Altera's DSP Builder Advanced Blockset™ Design Flow Verified by BDTI, the
Industry's Most Trusted Source of Independent DSP Technology Analysis

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:
ALTR) today announced it is first in the industry to successfully benchmark
complex, high-performance floating-point digital signal processing (DSP)
designs on 28 nm FPGA devices. Independent technology analysis firm Berkeley
Design Technology, Inc. (BDTI) verified the efficiency and ease-of-use of
Altera's floating-point DSP design flow as well as the performance of
demanding floating-point DSP applications on Altera's Stratix® V and Arria® V
28 nm FPGA development kits. Read BDTI's complete FPGA floating-point DSP
analysis at


Altera's floating-point DSP design flow is architected to quickly accommodate
design changes with parameterizable interfaces in an environment that includes
MATLAB and Simulink from MathWorks, as well as Altera's DSP Builder Advanced
Blockset, enabling FPGA designers to implement and verify complex
floating-point algorithms faster than is possible with traditional HDL-based
design. The design flow is ideal for designers incorporating high-performance
DSP in applications such as radar, wireless base station, industrial
automation, instrumentation and medical imaging applications.

"Altera's floating-point solution enables designers to easily use the massive
amounts of high-performance floating-point resources available on an FPGA for
DSP data paths," said Alex Grbic, director, product marketing at Altera. "By
benchmarking our solution with BDTI, Altera debunks the myth that FPGAs are
limited to high-performance fixed-point processing."

For this study, BDTI benchmarked matrix equation solvers using Cholesky and QR
decomposition. Matrix inversion is representative of the type of processing
used in radar systems, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless systems,
medical imaging and many other DSP applications.

In the evaluation of Altera's floating-point design flow, BDTI stated, "The
Altera floating-point design flow simplifies the process of implementing
complex floating-point DSP algorithms on an FPGA by streamlining the tools
under a single platform." The report adds, "This integration enables quick
development and rapid design space exploration both at the algorithmic level
and at the FPGA level, and ultimately reduces overall design effort."

Altera's DSP Builder is available now for download. Additionally, Altera's DSP
Development Kit, Stratix V Edition, and Arria V FPGA Development Kit are also
available. For more information about Altera's DSP solutions, please visit

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