San Jose, Calif.Altera Corp.'s Cyclone II FPGA family has a new member dubbed the EP2C15A that features 240-Kbits of embedded RAM and 14,448 logic elements, providing designers with a higher memory-to-logic ratio than previously available.
The EP2C15A is designed with a "fast-on" feature, shortening the power-on time of the device at start up, and enabling it to meet the 50-ms requirement for automotive applications. The Cyclone II FPGA family members EP2C8 and EP2C20 are also now available with the new fast-on feature.
"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 available next month.
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 Corp., 1 408-544-7000, www.altera.com