San Jose, CA--October 28, 1996--Altera Corp. (San Jose, CA) unveiled the FLEX 10KA family of 3.3V programmable logic devices (PLDs), with expected densities up to 250 kgates. The FLEX 10KA family of devices builds upon the density leadership of FLEX 10K.
The FLEX 10KA family devices will be built on a 0.35 m quad-layer metal (QLM) SRAM process. This process is optimized for 3.3V operation, which ensures lower power consumption without sacrificing performance. Die sizes of the FLEX 10KA family members are projected to be less than half the size of the same devices built on a 0.5 m, triple-layer metal process, which reduces the cost to engineers. It is projected that the 50 kgate EPF10K50A will sell for less than $70 in volume by the end of 1997.
The FLEX 10KA architecture features embedded array blocks (EABs) which may be used as RAM, ROM, FIFO, and dual-port SRAM. In addition, the EABs can also be used for specialized logic functions such as multipliers, ALUs, or DSP functions. The logic array blocks (LABs) perform all general-purpose logic functions.
The LABs and EABs are connected by an enhanced FastTrack Interconnect scheme--rows and columns of wires that span the length of the die.
The FLEX 10KA family devices will be supported by Altera's MAX+PLUS II development system for PC and workstation platforms. The MAX+PLUS II development system offers an architecture independent development environment, which enables the designer to target designs to any of Altera's FLEX 10K, FLEX 8000, MAX 9000, MAX 7000, MAX 5000, or Classic families of general-purpose programmable logic. MAX+PLUS II provides seamless integration with tools from Cadence, Data I/O, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Viewlogic, and other EDA vendors.
The 50 kgate 0.35 m 3.3V EPF10K50 is sampling now. The price is $195 in 100-unit quantities, and is projected to be $69 in 5,000-piece units by the middle of 1997. The 130 kgate EPF10K130 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 1997, and the 250 kgate EPF10K250 is expected to be available in the second half of 1997.
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