Altera Demonstrates Industry's First 32-Gbps Transceiver with Leading-Edge 20 nm Device

Altera Demonstrates Industry's First 32-Gbps Transceiver with Leading-Edge 20
                                  nm Device

Demonstration Highlights Latest Success in Altera's 20 nm FPGA Early Access

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:
ALTR) today announced the company achieved another significant milestone in
transceiver technology by demonstrating the industry's first programmable
device with 32-Gbps transceiver capabilities. The demonstration uses a 20 nm
device based on TSMC's 20SoC process technology. This achievement validates
the performance capabilities of 20 nm silicon and is a positive indicator to
the more than 500 customers in Altera's early access program who are looking
to use next-generation Altera devices in the development of performance
demanding, bandwidth-centric applications. A demonstration video showing the
industry's first operational 20 nm transceiver technology operating at 32 Gbps
is available for viewing on Altera's website at


Demonstrating 32-Gbps transceiver data rates provides Altera insight into how
high-performance transceiver designs behave on TSMC's 20SoC process. The
transceiver technology Altera is demonstrating today will be integrated into
its 20 nm FPGA products, fabricated on TSMC's 20SoC process. These devices
enable customers to design next-generation serial links with the lowest power
consumption, fastest timing closure and the highest quality signal integrity.
Altera has a proven track record in integrating leading-edge transceiver
technology into its devices. Altera is the only company today shipping
production 28 nm FPGAs with monolithically integrated low-power transceivers
operating at 28 Gbps. Being the first FPGA vendor to reach the 32-Gbps
milestone in 20 nm silicon further extends Altera's leadership in transceiver

The demonstration video on Altera's web site shows 20 nm transceivers
operating at 32 Gbps with just over nine picoseconds of total jitter and
extremely low random jitter of 240 femtoseconds. The results show good margin
to key industry specifications requited for next-generation 100G systems.

"Today's news represents a significant milestone for the industry and for the
transceiver development team at Altera," said Vince Hu, vice president of
product and corporate marketing at Altera. "These 20 nm devices contain the
key IP components that will be included in our next-generation FPGAs and
validating them now provides us confidence we will deliver to the market 20 nm
FPGAs on schedule."

Altera's next-generation transceiver innovations enable system developers to
support the rapidly increasing amount of data that is being transmitted
through the world's networks. The transceivers in Altera's next-generation
devices will drive more bandwidth with lower power per channel versus the
previous nodes and will support increasing port density by interfacing
directly to 100G CPF2 optical modules.

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Editor Contact:
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Altera Corporation
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