Altera Ramps Up 65nm Cyclone III FPGAs

Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) announced that all eight members of its low-power, low-cost Cyclone(R) III family of 65-nm FPGAs are now shipping in production quantities. Since its March 2007 introduction, the Cyclone III family quickly has been adopted into numerous customer systems in the wireless, military, display, automotive and industrial markets.

“As the industry’s first and only 65-nm low-cost FPGA family, Cyclone III devices offer digital system designers an unprecedented combination of density, power and cost,” said Luanne Schirrmeister, director of marketing, low-cost products, Altera Corporation. “However, FPGA designers today are looking for complete, hardware-tested solutions; thus we have created and delivered three different development kits, application-specific intellectual property, and reference designs to accelerate time to market and reduce the cost of development for our customers.”

A few examples of Cyclone III device application success include:

  • Industrial equipment requiring real-time Ethernet communications, with intellectual property (IP) support for several protocols, including EtherCAT
  • A network interface product for automotive network designers
  • A software-programmable reconfiguration platform for software-defined radio (SDR) applications

Cyclone III devices consume 75 percent less power than competing FPGAs while delivering 5K to 120K logic elements (LEs), up to 4 Mbits of memory and up to 288 digital signal processing (DSP) multipliers. Built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC’s) 65-nm low-power (LP) process, the Cyclone III family includes devices that are qualified for commercial, industrial and extended temperatures.

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