Altera introduced a direct memory access (DMA) reference design. The solution is constructed for Stratix V customers needing to seamlessly and quickly design PCIe Gen3 solutions. Stratix V GX FPGAs feature a hardened protocol stack for PCIe Gen3 applications, demanding the highest in bandwidth, system integration and flexibility, at a reduced cost with lower total power consumption. The new DMA reference design makes it fast and easy to develop high-performance PCIe Gen3x8 hardware.
Altera has released a SDK for OpenCL and supported third-party production boards. The SDK for OpenCL enables software programmers to access the high-performance capabilities of programmable logic devices. The Altera SDK for OpenCL is currently available for download. The annual software subscription for the SDK for OpenCL is $995 for a node-locked PC license.
Altera released version 13.0 of their Quartus II software. Quartus II v13 enables designs targeting Stratix V FPGAs to achieve the fastest Fmax of any FPGA in the industry with a two speed-grade advantage over the nearest competitor. Both the Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of Quartus II software v13.0 are now available for download.
Altera introduced the Cyclone V SoC Development Kit. The tool platform features a broad set of memories, peripherals, interfaces, and a high-speed mezzanine connector (HSMC). The Altera kit helps hardware and software developers to accelerate embedded systems design development. The Altera Cyclone V SoC Development Kit is available for ordering now. Production shipment will begin in May 2013. It is priced at $1,595.
Nallatech introduced the 395 FPGA accelerator card for data-intensive network and co-processing applications. The new Nallatech 395 card is aimed at latency-critical and co-processing applications that can utilize the largest FPGA devices and highest memory bandwidth. The 395 FPGA accelerator card is ideal for signals intelligence, network security and algorithm acceleration applications. The company has delivered first prototypes of the 395. Production units will be available next quarter.
Altera will be hosting a series of instructor-led and virtual classroom courses next month. The classes offer unparalleled insight into the fine points of FPGA design. The training was developed by experienced engineers and system architects.
Altera and Flexibilis developed a High-availability Seamless Redundancy (HSR) and Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) reference design. It features Flexibilis Redundant Switch (FRS) intellectual property (IP) implemented on an Altera low-power, low-cost Cyclone-class FPGA or Cyclone V SoC. The reference design simplifies development and implementation of highly reliable mission-critical communications systems in smart grid substation automation equipment.
Altera published a white paper that explores how their innovations in power and performance continue to enable designers to create differentiating high-performance systems for their end customers. The article outlines the steps taken from process selection through tools and modeling to ensure that the high performance was supported with a competitive power footprint. The title of the Altera technical paper is Delivering the Right Power and Performance for 28nm High-End FPGAs.
Altera published a white paper that explores an advanced motor drive or inverter application to illustrate how silicon convergence affects real-time design. The technical paper explains how FPGA and SoC devices speed silicon convergence. The latest advancement in SoC integrates an Altera FPGA with an ARM applications processor, plus a rich peripheral processor subsystem. The title of the Altera article is Real-Time Challenges and Opportunities in SoCs.
Altera and ARM have developed a DS-5 embedded software development toolkit with FPGA-adaptive debug capabilities for Altera SoC devices. The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition toolkit is designed to remove the debugging barrier between the integrated dual-core CPU subsystem and FPGA fabric in Altera SoC devices. The toolkit will be included in the Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite (Altera SoC EDS) Subscription Edition for $995. It will start shipping in early 2013.