SAN FRANCISCO Programmable logic supplier Altera Corp. Wednesday (July 5) added a new member to its Cyclone II family of low-cost FPGAs.
The EP2C15A, featuring 240 kilobytes of embedded RAM and 14,448 logic elements, offers designers a higher memory-to-logic ratio than previously available, according to Altera (San Jose, Calif.).
Altera said it designed the EP2C15A with "fast on" capability, shortening the power-on time of the device at start up, and enabling it to qualify for automotive applications. Cyclone II FPGA family members EP2C8 and EP2C20 are also now available with the fast-on feature, Altera said.
"A wide range of choices in the lower density range of the Cyclone II FPGA family provides engineers with more options when designing cost-sensitive, high-volume applications," said Luanne Schirrmeister, Altera's director of marketing for low-cost products, in a statement. "Specifically in the automotive market, the fast-on capability will be compelling for applications such as navigation, rear-seat entertainment, car networking and driver assistance."
Engineering samples for Cyclone II FPGAs with fast-on capability are available for booking now from Altera and authorized distributors, with production units expected to be available next month, according to the company.
The EP2C15A device, which is only available with the fast-on option, is priced at $8.90 in 100,000-unit volumes for 2007, Altera said. More information about the Cyclone II FPGA family is available on Altera's Web site.