Altera will use two distinct 28nm process technologies. With their high-end FPGA family, Altera will continue to use TSMC’s 28-nm High Performance (28HP) process technology. However, now the company will use also TSMC’s 28nm Low-Power (28LP) process technology for Altera’s low-cost and midrange product families. Engineering samples of Altera’s 28-nm Stratix V FPGAs will be available to customers starting in the first quarter of 2011. Customers can start their Stratix V FPGA designs now by using Altera’s Quartus II software. Additional 28-nm FPGA families will be announced in 2011.
The 28LP process enables Altera to bring costs and power down in their low-cost products to address cost- and power-sensitive applications in market segments that include automotive and industrial. The 28LP process also enables Altera to offer an optimal balance of cost, performance and low power within its midrange product family.
The 28HP process enables Altera to increase the capabilities of their high-end FPGAs by integrating greater levels of functionality, such as 28-Gbps transceivers that will drive the development of next-generation 100G/400G systems. FPGAs based on the 28HP process are ideal for applications that require the highest levels of performance (such as high-performance computing, military and wireline systems).
Altera offers a wide range of FPGA devices that leverage the 28LP and 28HP process technologies. Variants of their 28-nm product family that include embedded processors enable the 28-nm FPGAs to displace more digital signal processors and microprocessors.
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