Arria GX FPGA Family

By Altera Corporation

Spotting a trend in I/O bridging, Altera has introduced their Arria GX FPGA family along with the latest version of their Quartus II (version 7.1) development software. The company discovered that every embedded system ñ from medical imaging device or industrial PLC to military radar or sonar ñ always has some sort of custom I/O. This I/O talks to the system-specific sensor, comms channel, or proprietary hardware. But elsewhere in the system, designers are routinely adding PCI Express, GbE, or Serial RapidIO. Voila! The Arria GX is a transceiver-based FPGA ranging from 21,580 to 90,220 Logic Elements (LEs), with up to 4.5 Mb memory and sporting 12 transceivers. Supporting two speeds of 1.25 and 2.5 Gbps, the device can realize PCIe (x1 and x4), GbE, and Serial RapidIO (1x and 4x) protocols. Relying on the companyís proven Stratix II GX transceiver technology in 90 nm (meaning: not ìbleeding edgeî), the Arria GX is intended to be low cost. A 50K LE device sells for $50 in 25,000 unit volume. For defense applications ñ in either commercial or extended temperature ñ the Arria GX is ideal when full-featured FPGAs are either overkill or simply cost too much.

Arria GX FPGA Family

FEATURES

  • A transceiver-based FPGA ranging from 21,580 to 90,220 Logic Elements (LEs)
  • Up to 4.5 Mb memory, 12 transceivers
  • Supports two speeds of 1.25 and 2.5 Gbps
  • Utilizes PCIe (x1 and x4), GbE, and Serial RapidIO (1x and 4x) protocols
  • Relies on the company's proven Stratix II GX transceiver technology in 90 nm
  • Low cost: Ideal for commercial or extended temperature defense applications when full-featured FPGAs are overkill or cost too much

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