Altera Corp. has begun production shipments of Cyclone IV FPGAs and made available a Cyclone IV GX-based transceiver starter kit, the company announced Monday (March 29).
Cyclone IV FPGAs are designed for cost-sensitive, small form-factor applications in the wireless, wireline, broadcast, industrial and consumer markets, according to Altera (San Jose, Calif.) The devices combine low cost, 25 percent lower power compared to the previous generation of Cyclone products, and high functionality that addresses high-volume, low-cost serial protocol solution needs, according to the company.
Customers can begin prototyping with the Cyclone IV GX transceiver starter kit which features an EP4CGX15 FPGA with approximately 15,000 logic elements, 540 Kbits of RAM and two integrated 2.5-Gbps transceivers, Altera said. Cyclone IV GX devices support mainstream serial protocols and offer designers a supply of logic, memory, and I/O capabilities, according to the company.
The transceiver starter kit is available today, priced at $395, including all the hardware, software, design examples and documentation necessary to develop an FPGA design for cost-sensitive applications, Altera said. The kit also allows designers to measure the FPGA's low power consumption, test the signal quality of the FPGA transceivers and develop and test PCI Express 1.0 endpoint designs by using Altera's PCI Express hard intellectual property, the company said.
The smallest Cyclone IV devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, will start as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250,000 unit quantities, Altera said. More information on the Cyclone IVs is available on Altera's website.