San Jose, Calif.--March 16, 1998--Altera Corp. introduced its Flex 10KE family of high-performance, high-density programmable logic devices, an enhanced version of the original Flex 10K embedded programmable logic family. The Flex 10KE family is developed using a deep-submicron 0.25-(m process and five-layer metal. The family will maintain its unique embedded architecture and offer low-cost, 66-MHz in-system performance and densities up to 250,000 gates. The Flex 10KE embedded array blocks (EABs) will offer a doubled amount of RAM, as well as dual-port RAM capability.
The Flex 10KE family features dual-port RAM that is configured for 4,000 bits and 16-bit wide configuration flexibility within each EAB. These enhancements will offer high performance and efficiency for dual-port RAM applications, wide shallow FIFOs, and will meet designers' ever-increasing memory block needs. RAM capacity ranges from 24 kbits in the EPF10K30E, to 80k in the largest device, the EPF10K250E.
The Flex 10KE family features Altera's "metal-friendly" architecture, with transistor-free metal interconnect that makes optimum use of multilayer process technology. The transistor-heavy interconnect found in FPGAs explodes device die size, sacrificing both cost effectiveness and performance. The smaller process geometry and metal efficiency of the than half Flex 10KE results in a die that is 40 percent smaller than the equivalent Flex 10KA device and less the size of a comparable FPGA.
The core supply voltage of Flex 10KE devices is 2.5 V. However, in today's printed circuit boards, designers mix conventional 5-V devices with newer, lower voltage parts. All Flex 10KE devices will feature Altera's Multivolt I/O interface, permitting core operation at 2.5 V, while the I/O pins will be compatible with 2.5-V, 3.3-V, or 5-V devices. This will be key to allowing the seamless flow of designs to the new family. As an added benefit, this lower core voltage also reduces power consumption by more than 75 percent.
Software support for Altera's Flex 10KE devices is projected to be available in Q298, with first device shipments beginning in June. Projected 1999 volume pricing is to begin at $12.50.
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