Altera Begins Production Shipments of FPGA Industry's Highest Performance SoCs

Altera Begins Production Shipments of FPGA Industry's Highest Performance SoCs

Density, Architectural, Productivity and Processor Performance Leadership
Enable SoCs to Target Widest Range of Applications

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:
ALTR) today announced production availability of its Cyclone® V SoCs and
engineering sample availability of its Arria® V SoCs. With increased processor
peak clock frequencies — Cyclone V SoCs at 925 MHz for commercial-grade and
700 MHz for automotive-grade, and Arria V SoCs at 1.05 GHz for
industrial-grade — these devices are the FPGA industry's highest performing
SoCs. Altera SoCs provide embedded developers the most robust architecture,
highest productivity development tools and broadest range of densities.


"With production shipments beginning, customers will start accruing the SoC's
system benefits as they begin shipping to their own customers," said Chris
Balough, senior director of SoC product marketing at Altera. "Altera's
combination of leadership in SoC architecture, density, performance, and
development tools, along with a processor roadmap to 14 nm, is a compelling
value proposition for embedded system developers."

Altera offers the industry's broadest range of densities with its 28 nm SoCs,
ranging from 25K logic elements (LE) up to 460K LE. This density range allows
Altera SoCs to be integrated into a variety of embedded systems, ranging from
cost-sensitive industrial automation and automotive driver assist systems to
applications that require higher-performance, including remote radio units,
10G/40G line cards and broadcast studio equipment. Increasing the core
frequency of the dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processor enables the
devices to meet performance requirements of an even greater number of embedded

Altera SoCs combine a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor system with FPGA logic
on a single device. Altera SoCs include several distinctive features (32-bit
error correction code, a high-bandwidth memory controller with built in memory
protection, flexible boot capability and integrated PCI Express® across all
SoCs) that enable developers in the wireless communications, industrial, video
surveillance, automotive and medical equipment markets to create custom SoC
variants optimized for system power, board space, performance and cost

Altera SoCs are supported by a broad ecosystem of operating systems, design
tools, development kits, and software-development solutions from Altera, ARM
and third parties that ease the development and use of the devices. The Altera
SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) allows embedded developers to jumpstart their
firmware and application software development by offering a comprehensive tool
suite that includes development tools, utility programs, run-time software and
application examples. At the heart of the SoC EDS is the exclusive ARM
Development Studio™ 5 (DS-5™) Altera Edition Toolkit. This toolkit combines
the ARM DS-5 advanced multicore debugging capabilities with FPGA-adaptivity
for unprecedented full-chip debugging visibility and control.


Cyclone V SoCs are shipping today in production in 85K LE and 110K LE
densities and are available with all three transceiver option variants (SE, SX
and ST). Cyclone V SoCs offer a single- or dual-processor core option that
operates at a core clock frequency of up to 925 MHz in a C6 speed grade. An
automotive-grade Cyclone V SoC operating with a core clock frequency of 700
MHz is also available. These devices are perfectly suited for high-temperature
environments such as automotivedriver assist, infotainment and e-vehicle.

The largest Arria V SoC with 460K LE is currently shipping engineering
samples. The Arria V SoC features a dual-core processor which operates at a
core clock frequency of up to 1.05 GHz in an I3 speed grade. For more
information about Altera SoCs visit

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rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets.
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as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.
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