Altera launched their Generation 10 FPGA and SoC devices. The Generation 10 devices will help engineers to develop highly customized solutions that increases system performance and system integration while lowering operating expenses. Initial samples of Arria 10 devices will be available in early 2014. Altera will have 14nm Stratix 10 FPGA test chips in 2013 and Quartus II software support for Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs in 2014.
Achronix Semiconductor revealed details of their Speedster22i HD and HP Field Programmable Gate Arrays. The Speedster22i-HP FPGA family is optimized for ultra high performance. The Speedster22i-HD FPGA is optimized for high density. The Speedster22i FPGA Platform uses Intel’s 22nm process technology. Engineering samples of the HD1000 will start shipping in the third quarter of this year. The HD1000 is the world’s largest FPGA. It features over 1 million effective LUTs and 84 Mb of embedded RAM. The remaining HD and HP FPGA devices will be released in the following 12 months.
Mentor Graphics will provide advanced synthesis support for Achronix Semiconductor’s Speedster22i Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Mentor Graphics will work closely with Achronix to ensure fully-optimized physical synthesis support for the FPGA devices. The Achronix Speedster22i is a cost-effective, high performance, high density, and IP-rich FPGA. It is based on Intel’s 22nm process technology.
Avnet Electronics Marketing introduced the Nano-ITX/Spartan-6 FPGA Development Kit, which is based on the Intel Atom E640 Processor and Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. The kit features the Emerson Network Power Nano-ITX motherboard, Intel Atom processor E640, Spartan-6 FPGA PCI Express (PCIe) daughter card, and reference design. The Nano-ITX/Spartan-6 FPGA Development Kit is available now for $1,695. The Nano-ITX/Spartan-6 FPGA Development Kit is ideal for image processing, human machine interface (HMI), machine control, and medical applications applications.
Pentek introduced the Model RTS 2706 multi-channel real-time recording and playback instrument. The RTS 2706 is based on the Intel Core i7 processor and the Cobalt family of Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA modules. The RTS 2706 features 16-bit 200 MHz A/Ds, 16-bit 800 MHz D/As, and up to 20 hot swappable SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drives configurable as RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 or 50. The RTS 2706 is priced based on configuration, starting at $44,995 USD. Delivery is 10 to 12 weeks ARO.
Thanks to access to Intel’s 22 nanometer (nm) process technology, Achronix Semiconductor will attempt to develop the most advanced Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). According to Achronix, the Speedster22i FPGA family will shatter existing limitations of FPGA devices. The new FPGA devices will enable cost effective production of high performance devices over 2.5M LUTs in size (equivalent to an ASIC of over 20 million gates).
Altera introduced their Embedded Initiative, which will give designers a single FPGA design flow based on the Quartus II development software. The design flow features the Qsys system-level integration tool, a common FPGA intellectual property (IP) library, and the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and MIPS Technologies MIPS32 embedded processors. The Qsys system-level integration tool leverages FPGA-optimized network-on-a-chip technology to support a wide variety of industry-standard IP protocols.
At the Intel Developer Forum, Xilinx demonstrated the Intel QuickPath Interconnect (Intel QPI) technology for enabling the integration of Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) in high performance computing applications. Xilinx showed how Virtex FPGA devices can support the low latency and memory coherency benefits of Intel QPI when paired with Intel Xeon processors in HPC systems.
Mercury Computer Systems launched their Protocol Offload Engine Technology (POET) protocol-agnostic, multi-standard switch fabric technology. POET is a downloadable FPGA firmware collection of open standards technologies providing interconnectivity between boards, systems, and sensors for Mercury’s Intel-based subsystems. The technology enables scalable, high speed, and deterministic communications and I/O. POET interconnect efficiently extends the capabilities of the Intel-based subsystem. Mercury’s Protocol Offload Engine Technology is the first multi-fabric connectivity solution for Intel processors.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas introduced the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA PCIe I/O Reference Design for embedded applications. The reference design includes a complete set of software drivers connecting Kontron’s nanoETXexpress-SP module (features the Intel Atom Z510 processor, 1.1 GHz) with the Xilinx Spartan-6 SP605 development board via the PCI Express bus. The evaluation carrier board also features a LVDS-DVI video output adapter and heat spreader. The development kit is priced at $495.