Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) announced silicon availability of the 40nm Stratix® IV FPGAs. Stratix® IV FPGAs offer the industry’s largest density, highest performance, highest system bandwidth and lowest power among high-end FPGA solutions. The Stratix IV GX EP4SGX230 is currently shipping, with other family variants scheduled to ship in 2009. The EP4SGX230 offers 230K logic elements (LEs), 36 embedded transceivers operating up to 8.5 Gbps, 17 Mbits of RAM and 1,288 embedded multipliers.
Leveraging the 40-nm process node, the Stratix IV FPGA family is comprised of two variants, an enhanced (E) version and transceiver-based (GX) version. The Stratix IV family offers up to 680K logic elements, over twice the logic capacity of competing high-end FPGAs, as well as performance that is 35 percent faster than competing solutions. The devices also support DDR3 memory interface speeds of 1067 Mbps. Stratix IV GX FPGAs feature up to 48 transceivers operating up to 8.5 Gbps, enabling the development of next-generation, high-bandwidth communication infrastructure.
The Stratix IV family is the industry’s lowest power, high-end FPGA. Programmable Power Technology enables every programmable logic array block (LAB), digital signal processing (DSP) block, and memory block to deliver high speed or low power, depending on design requirements. With this power-saving technology, customers can minimize power usage, while maximizing device performance. For additional cost and power savings, Stratix IV FPGAs provide customers a conversion to Altera’s transceiver-based HardCopy® IV GX ASICs.
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