Altera Upgrades Arria GX FPGA

Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) Arria(TM) GX FPGA family now offers support for transceiver speeds up to 3.125 Gbps, additional serial protocols, and reduced static power. The increased transceiver speeds, expanded protocol support and reduced static power enables the Arria GX family to deliver greater value in communications, broadcast, computer, storage and industrial markets. Pricing for the upgraded Arria GX devices will remain the same as the initial version, US$50 for the EP1AGX50CF484C6 device in 25K unit volume. All Arria GX devices are shipping and available.

The Arria GX family includes increased performance and function of the transceivers to drive serial interfaces at speeds from 600 Mbps up to 3.125 Gbps and a reduction in static power of up to 20 percent. In addition, Arria GX FPGAs provide support for more protocols, including XAUI, SDI, CPRI, OBSAI and SerialLite II, along with the ability to develop proprietary, serial-based IP using its Basic mode. The Arria GX family continues to support PCI Express (PCIe), Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Serial RapidIO® (SRIO) protocols. The upgraded device also includes performance-enhancing features such as channel equalization. Arria GX FPGAs utilize flip-chip packaging technology that provides superior signal integrity compared to wire-bond packages.

The Arria GX family is comprised of five devices ranging in density from 21K to 90K LEs, up to 4.5 Mbits of embedded memory and up to 176 multipliers. The family is built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC’s) established 90-nm process.

More info: Altera Arria GX Datasheet (pdf)