Altera Announces Quad-Core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 for Stratix 10 SoCs
Manufactured on Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate Process, Altera Stratix® 10 SoCs Will
Deliver Industry's Most Versatile Heterogeneous Computing Platform
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ARM TechCon -- Altera
Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that its Stratix 10 SoC devices,
manufactured on Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate process, will incorporate a
high-performance, quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex™-A53 processor system,
complementing the device's floating-point digital signal processing (DSP)
blocks and high-performance FPGA fabric. Coupled with Altera's advanced
system-level design tools, including OpenCL, this versatile heterogeneous
computing platform will offer exceptional adaptability, performance, power
efficiency and design productivity for a broad range of applications,
including data center computing acceleration, radar systems and communications
The ARM Cortex-A53 processor, the first 64-bit processor used on a SoC FPGA,
is an ideal fit for use in Stratix 10 SoCs due to its performance, power
efficiency, data throughput and advanced features. The Cortex-A53 is among the
most power efficient of ARM's application-class processors, and when delivered
on the 14 nm Tri-Gate process will achieve more than six times more data
throughput compared to today's highest performing SoC FPGAs. The Cortex-A53
also delivers important features, such as virtualization support, 256TB memory
reach and error correction code (ECC) on L1 and L2 caches. Furthermore, the
Cortex-A53 core can run in 32-bit mode, which will run Cortex-A9 operating
systems and code unmodified, allowing a smooth upgrade path from Altera's 28
nm and 20 nm SoC FPGAs.
"ARM is pleased to see Altera adopting the lowest power 64-bit architecture as
an ideal complement to DSP and FPGA processing elements to create a
cutting-edge heterogeneous computing platform," said Tom Cronk, executive vice
president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. "The Cortex-A53
processor delivers industry-leading power efficiency and outstanding
performance levels, and it is supported by the ARM ecosystem and its
innovative software community."
Leveraging Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate process and an enhanced high-performance
architecture, Altera Stratix 10 SoCs will have a programmable-logic
performance level of more than 1GHz; two times the core performance of current
high-end 28 nm FPGAs.
"High-end networking and communications infrastructure are rapidly migrating
toward heterogeneous computing architectures to achieve maximum system
performance and power efficiency," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at
The Linley Group, a leading embedded research firm. "What Altera is doing with
its Stratix 10 SoC, both in terms of silicon convergence and high-level design
tool support, puts the company at the forefront of delivering heterogeneous
computing platforms and positions them well to capitalize on myriad
By standardizing on ARM processors across its three-generation SoC portfolio,
Altera will offer software compatibility and a common ARM ecosystem of tools
and operating system support. Embedded developers will be able to accelerate
debug cycles with Altera's SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) featuring the ARM
Development Studio 5 (DS-5™) Altera® Edition toolkit, the industry's only
FPGA-adaptive debug tool, as well as use Altera's software development kit
(SDK) for OpenCL to create heterogeneous implementations using the OpenCL
high-level design language.
"With Stratix 10 SoCs, designers will have a versatile and powerful
heterogeneous compute platform enabling them to innovate and get to market
faster," said Danny Biran, senior vice president, corporate strategy and
marketing at Altera. "This will be very exciting for customers as converged
silicon continues to be the best solution for complex, high-performance
Altera® programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to
rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets.
Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, ASICs and complementary technologies, such
as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.
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