Altera rolls out Arria 10 software tools for 20 nm SoC FPGAs

December 02, 2013

Bernard Cole-December 02, 2013

Altera Corporation has just released its Quartus II software - Arria 10 edition, designed to help development of hardware and software on its new 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs.

Based on TSMC 20 nm process technology, Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are targeted at the midrange FPGA and SoC category with as much as a 15 percent performance gain over higher end FPGAs with power that is 40 percent lower than comparable mid range devices.

According to Premal Buch, vice president of software engineering at Altera, Quartus II software uses leading-edge algorithms that take advantage of modern multi-core computing technologies. “Architecting our software this way enables us to extend Quartus II software support to Altera’s next-generation product families,” he said.

He said that with the Arria 10 version of the Quartus II software, developers can design, simulate and compile Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs relatively quickly. This is because the software release has been designed especially to simplify design using such complex programmable SoCs with the use of advanced timing models and final pin outs to enable board layout.

The Quartus II software Arria 10 edition supports multiple FPGA and SoC devices, including the largest density midrange Arria 10 device, featuring up to 1.15 million logic elements (LEs).

Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are optimized for systems that require high-performance features while being constrained by strict cost and power budgets. These midrange devices leverage an advanced 20 nm process and include features tailored to address the requirements of a variety of end markets, including communications, broadcast, and compute and storage.

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