Altera has enhanced their Arria II GX FPGA variant with 6.375-Gbps transceivers and up to 1.25-Gbps LVDS support. Altera also introduced their new Arria II GZ FPGA variant. The Arria II GZ FPGA offers up to 24 6.375-Gbps transceivers, more density and memory, and higher digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities than Arria II GX FPGAs. Arria II GX FPGAs are shipping now and are supported in the Quartus II design software version 10.0. Arria II GZ devices will be supported in the Quartus II design software version 10.1 when the device ships in the fourth quarter of this year.
Arria II GX FPGAs feature up to sixteen 6.375-Gbps transceivers and faster I/Os than the previous generation of Arria II FPGAs. They are ideal for wireless, wireline, test, medical and storage applications.
With Arria II GZ devices, engineers can achieve the power-reduction benefits of the Arria II family across applications with significantly higher bandwidth requirements. The Arria II GZ FPGAs feature up to twenty-four 6.375-Gbps transceivers, up to 400-MHz DDR3 interfaces and up to 726 I/Os. In addition, its processing capacity has been increased to include a PCIe Gen2 hard intellectual property (IP) block, 30% more multipliers and 25% more user logic than the original Arria II GX family.
Thanks to protocol reference designs, a new Arria II GX Development Kit, 6G Edition and easily-accessible online design resource centers, designers can easily meet the challenges of high-speed serial transceiver design with Arria II GX and GZ FPGAs. Altera’s transceiver technology provides easy-to-use signal integrity features that accelerate product development, while consuming less power than competing solutions and quickly resolving transceiver design challenges. The Arria II GX and GZ families feature up to 350K logic elements (LEs) and up to 16.4 Mb of embedded memory.
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