Altera unveils low-power Cyclone IV FPGAs
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Altera unveils low-power Cyclone IV FPGAs

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 30 March 2010, 06:17 Hrs
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San Jose: Altera Corporation announced the production shipment of its Cyclone IV FPGAs and the company also announced the availability of the Cyclone IV GX-based Transceiver Starter Kit. According to the company, the Cyclone IV FPGAs are designed for cost-sensitive, small form-factor applications in the wireless, wireline, broadcast, industrial and consumer markets.

Altera claims that these devices have a combination of low cost, 25 percent lower power compared to the previous generation of Cyclone products, and high functionality that addresses high-volume, low-cost serial protocol solution needs. "By offering Cyclone IV GX FPGAs in production shipments up to six months earlier than competing products, our customers can realize the cost, power and unique board space benefits of these devices," said Luanne Schirrmeister, Senior Director of Component Marketing at Altera.

Customers can begin prototyping with the Cyclone IV GX Transceiver Starter Kit which features an EP4CGX15 FPGA with approximately 15K logic elements, 540 Kbits of RAM and two integrated 2.5-Gbps transceivers. This transceiver starter kit priced at $395 includes all the hardware, software, design examples and documentation necessary to easily develop an FPGA design for cost-sensitive applications. The smallest Cyclone IV devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, will start as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250K unit quantities.

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