Altera releases Quartus II Arria 10 Edition 20 nm FPGA development tool

Altera Corporation today released the Quartus II software Arria 10 edition, the industry's first development tool support for 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs. Based on TSMC 20 nm process technology, According to Altera, Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs simultaneously deliver a 15 percent performance gain over current high-end FPGAs and up to 40 percent lower power than previous midrange devices. Customers can already start developing Arria 10 FPGA and SoC-based systems using the Quartus II design environment.

Customers can use the Quartus II software Arria 10 edition to get a jumpstart designing the device's advanced features into next-generation systems. Users can design, simulate and compile Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs using the software. The software release includes 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).

According to Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs offer 2X greater system integration than competitive midrange devices, including up to 1.15 million LEs, variable-precision digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with more than 3300 18x19 multipliers and integrated hard IP and the option of an integrated processor system that features a 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex™-A9 processor. Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs also provide 4X greater bandwidth compared to the current generation, including 28-Gbps transceivers, and 3X higher system performance, including support for PCIe Gen3 x8, 2666 Mbps DDR4 and up to 15-Gbps Hybrid Memory Cube. Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs devices will be supported by Altera's Enprion optimized power solutions that deliver an industry-leading combination of high efficiency, small footprint, and low noise performance in an integrated product.

The Quartus II software Arria 10 Edition is available now for download at the Alterra website. The software is available as a subscription edition and includes a free 30-day trial. The annual software subscription is $2,995 for a node-locked PC license. 

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