Altera and Northwest Logic Develop RLDRAM 3 Memory Interface Solution

    Altera and Northwest Logic Develop RLDRAM 3 Memory Interface Solution

Enables Use of High-Performance RLDRAM 3 Memory with Leading-Edge FPGAs in
High-End Networking Applications

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:
ALTR) and Northwest Logic, a leading provider of high-performance intellectual
property (IP) cores for FPGAs, today announced the immediate availability of a
hardware-proven 1,600 Mbps Reduced Latency DRAM 3 (RLDRAM® 3) memory interface
solution for use in its high-end 28 nm Stratix® V FPGAs. The RLDRAM 3 memory
interface combines auto-calibrated RLDRAM 3 UniPHY IP from Altera and a
full-featured RLDRAM 3 controller core from Northwest Logic to significantly
simplify interface design between RLDRAM 3 memory and the FPGA while
maximizing memory throughput in high-end networking applications. This
jointly-developed RLDRAM 3 memory interface solution has been
hardware-validated in customer designs using Micron Technology's RLDRAM 3


The Altera® Stratix V family of FPGAs is optimized to support Micron
Technology's next-generation RLDRAM 3 memory. Stratix V devices feature a
memory architecture that delivers the FPGA industry's highest system
performance with low latency and high efficiency. Stratix V FPGAs enable
networking equipment manufacturers to transfer voice, video and data across
the Internet quickly and efficiently.

"FPGAs provide our customers with an effective way to optimize their network
products to support the growth in data volume and track the changing network
infrastructure," said Robert Feurle, Micron Technology's vice president of
DRAM marketing. "Integrating Altera's high-end Stratix V FPGAs with RLDRAM 3
memory provides the high level of performance needed to accommodate the
rapidly evolving memory requirements of our customers."

The combination of Northwest Logic's RLDRAM 3 controller core and Altera's
UniPHY IP provides a complete RLDRAM 3 solution, including high-efficiency
BL=2 operation, minimal timing closure issues due to operating at a quarter
clock rate, and support for a broad range of RLDRAM 3 memory configurations.

"Our close partnership with Altera ensures we deliver proven solutions that
our mutual customers can quickly implement into their systems with minimal
effort," said Brian Daellenbach, president at Northwest Logic. "This RLDRAM 3
controller core gives developers of high-end networking application a
high-performance, low-latency solution with speeds up to 1,600 Mbps."

"Stratix V FPGAs feature an optimized RLDRAM 3 interface that dramatically
improves the latency and performance of high-end systems," said Patrick
Dorsey, senior director of component product marketing at Altera. "The high
performance of our Stratix V FPGAs combined with the RLDRAM 3 controller core
enables us to deliver the most efficient solutions for today's highest
performance networking applications."

The RLDRAM 3 memory interface solution is available for use in Altera's
high-performance Stratix V FPGAs. The RLDRAM 3 controller core is delivered
and fully supported by Northwest Logic. To learn more information about
Stratix V FPGAs, visit More information about the
RLDRAM 3 solution can be found at

About Northwest Logic
Northwest Logic, founded in 1995 and located in Beaverton, Oregon, provides
high-performance, silicon-proven, easy-to-use IP cores including
high-performance Expresso Solution (PCI Express® 3.0, 2.1 and 1.1 cores and
drivers), Memory Interface Solution (DDR4, DDR3, DDR2, LPDDR3, LPDDR2, Mobile
DDR SDRAM; RLDRAM 3, RLDRAM II), and MIPI Solution (CSI-2, DSI). These
solutions support a full range of platforms including ASICs, structured ASICs
and FPGAs. For additional information, visit

About Altera
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rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets.
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Altera Corporation
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