San Jose, Calif.--July 20, 1998--Altera Corp. (San Jose) announced the availability of the 250,000 gate EPF10K250A PLD. The EPF10K250A offers the highest gate count of any PLD on the market. The advanced architecture of the FLEX 10K family allows for a device of this density to be manufactured on a 0.35-m, five-layer metal SRAMprocess.
Altera customers, such as Aptix Corporation, have already built and testedproducts with the EPF10K250A for their customers to use in commercialapplications. Aptix, a developer of reconfigurable prototyping systems forelectronic design and verification, is working with several customers tomigrate to higher complexity verification that takes advantage of theincreased capacity of the EPF10K250A.
As designs evolve toward system integration, Altera devices have more logicelements (LEs), embedded RAM, and higher I/O counts to support higher-levelsystem integration. With 12,160 LEs, 40,960 bits of embedded RAM, 600-pinBGA packaging, and 108 MHz 16-tap FIR filter performance, the EPF10K250Aenables designers to integrate complex system designs into a single device.In addition, Altera's Multivolt interface allows designers to interface between 5.0-V, 3.3-V, and 2.5-V devices in a mixed-voltage environment.
The EPF10K250A features the continuous metal Fasttrack Interconnect structure for high performance and minimum die area. In addition, the internal structure supports Altera's patented redundancy feature. This enables the repair of imperfect die, increasing the number of usable die per wafer. Yield improvements brought about by redundancy play akey role in reducing overall silicon cost and prices to customers.
The EPF10K250A device is supported by Altera's MAX+PLUS II developmentsystem for PC and workstation platforms. MAX+PLUS II software providesintegration with tools from Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Viewlogic, and other leading EDA vendors.
The EPF10K250A is available today in 600-pin BGA and 599-pin PGA packages.Pricing for the 600-pin BGA in a -3 speed grade is expected to be $450 in5000-unit quantities by mid-1999.
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