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Altera Corporation is the pioneer of programmable logic solutions, enabling system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate, and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGAs, SoC FPGAs, CPLDs, and ASICs in combination with software tools, intellectual property, embedded processors and customer support to provide high-value programmable solutions to customers worldwide.

EnpirionIn May 2013, Altera acquired Enpirion, Inc. To view the full range of Enpirion products available, visit Mouser's Enpirion site.

Altera SoC FPGA Family
Altera Newest Products

Altera Product Families

Altera offers solutions that shorten time to market, improve performance and productivity, and reduce system costs.
To learn more, select a product family below.

Stratix® FPGA Series
Altera Stratix Series
Altera Stratix Series

Altera's Stratix® FPGA Family enables you to deliver high-performance, state-of-the-art products to market faster with lower risk and higher productivity. By combining high density, high performance, and a rich feature set, Stratix series FPGAs allow you to integrate more functions and maximize system bandwidth.

Arria® FPGA Series
Altera Arria Series
Altera Arria Series

Altera's Arria® FPGA series is designed for cost- and power-sensitive transceiver-based and embedded applications. The Arria FPGA series has a rich feature set of memory, logic, and digital signal processing (DSP) blocks combined with the superior signal integrity of up to 12.5 Gbps transceivers to allow more functional integration and maximize system bandwidth.

Cyclone® FPGA Series
Altera Cyclone Series
Altera Cyclone Series

Altera Cyclone® Family FPGAs are built to meet your low-power, cost-sensitive design needs, enabling you to get to market faster. Each generation of Cyclone FPGAs solves the technical challenges of increased integration, increased performance, lower power, and faster time to market while meeting cost-sensitive requirements.

MAX® CPLD Series
Altera MAX Series
Altera MAX Series

Altera MAX® complex programmable logic device (CPLD) Series provides you with the lowest power, lowest cost CPLDs.

Quartus II
Altera QuartusII Series

Quartus II FPGA design software offers a complete software design solution for all Altera devices.


Altera's Enpirion products deliver the industry's first family of power system-on-chip (PowerSoC) DC-DC converters featuring integrated inductors. Enpirion PowerSoC DC-DC converters are Ideal for enterprise server, storage, communications, industrial, and test and measurement applications.

  • High efficiency
  • Small footprint
  • Low noise performance
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Altera New Products

Added 05/2013 Altera Corporation ARM DS-5 SoC Embedded Design Suite Learn More
Added 04/2013 Altera Corporation SoC FPGA Family Learn More
Added 02/2013 Altera Corporation Cyclone® V FPGAs Learn More
Added 02/2013 Altera Corporation Stratix® Series FPGA Development Tools Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation Cyclone® IV FPGAs Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation Arria® Series FPGA Development Tools Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation Stratix® IV High Density High Performance FPGAs Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation Arria® Family FPGAs Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation Quartus® II Design Software Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation Arria® V Midrange FPGAs Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation Stratix® V High Bandwidth FPGAs Learn More
Added 01/2013 Altera Corporation MAX® V CPLDs Learn More

Altera Featured Products

Altera SoC FPGA Family

Altera SoC FPGAs integrate an ARM-based hard processor system (HPS) consisting of processor, peripherals, and memory interfaces with the FPGA fabric using a high-bandwidth interconnect backbone. They combine the performance and power savings of hard intellectual property (IP) with the flexibility of programmable logic. These user-customizable ARM-based SoC FPGAs are ideal for reducing system power, cost, and board size by integrating discrete processors and digital signal processing (DSP) functions into a single FPGA. They differentiate the end product with custom hardware and software and add support for virtually any interface standard or protocol in the FPGA. Altera's SoC FPGAs extend product life and revenue through hardware and software updates in the field. They also improve system performance via high-bandwidth interconnect between the processor and the FPGA. These devices join the diverse family of Cyclone® V and Arria® V FPGAs with dozens of devices and variations and include additional hard logic such as PCI Express® Gen2, multiport memory controllers, and high-speed serial transceivers. Built on TSMC's 28nm Low-Power (28LP) process, the SoC FPGAs drive down power and cost while enabling performance levels required by cost-sensitive applications.

Altera Stratix® V High Bandwidth FPGAs

Altera's Stratix® V High Bandwidth FPGAs deliver the industry's highest bandwidth, highest level of system integration, and ultimate flexibility with reduced cost and the lowest total power for high-end applications. Advantages of the Stratix® V include the ability to attain breakthrough bandwidth with power-efficient transceivers, achieve higher integration on a single chip and reduce costs, get ultimate flexibility in your designs and lower your system power. The Stratix® V is offered in four different variants.

Altera Arria® V Midrange FPGAs

Altera Arria® V Midrange FPGAs consists of the most comprehensive offerings of mid-range FPGAs ranging from the lowest power for 6-gigabits per second (Gbps) and 10-Gbps applications, to the highest mid-range FPGA bandwidth 12.5 Gbps transceivers. The Arria® V devices are ideal for power-sensitive wireless infrastructure equipment, 20G/40G bridging, switching, and packet processing applications, high-definition video processing and image manipulation, and intensive digital signal processing (DSP) applications.

Altera Quartus® II Design Software

Altera® Quartus® II design software is a multi-platform design environment that easily adapts to your specific needs in all phases of FPGA and CPLD design. Quartus II software delivers the highest productivity and performance for Altera FPGAs, CPLDs, and HardCopy® ASICs. This software is available in a free Web Edition or an annual Subscription Edition. This version supports Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 (64 bit), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 (32 and 64 bit) and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP1 (32 and 64 bit) operating systems.

Altera USB-Blaster™ Download Cable

Altera's USB-Blaster™ Download Cable interfaces a USB port on a host computer to an Altera® FPGA mounted on a printed circuit board. The cable sends configuration data from the PC to a standard 10-pin header connected to the FPGA. You can use the USB-Blaster cable to iteratively download configuration data to a system during prototyping or to program data into the system during production.

Altera Cyclone® V FPGAs

Altera Cyclone® V 28 nm FPGAs provide the industry's lowest system cost and power, along with performance levels that make the device family ideal for differentiating your high-volume applications. You'll get up to 40 percent lower total power compared with the previous generation, efficient logic integration capabilities, integrated transceiver variants, and SoC FPGA variants with an ARM-based hard processor system (HPS). The family comes in six targeted variants:

  • Cyclone V E FPGA with logic only
  • Cyclone V GX FPGA with 3.125-Gbps transceivers
  • Cyclone V GT FPGA with 5-Gbps transceivers
  • Cyclone V SE SoC FPGA with ARM-based HPS and logic
  • Cyclone V SX SoC FPGA with ARM-based HPS and 3.125-Gbps transceivers
  • Cyclone V ST SoC FPGA with ARM-based HPS and 5-Gbps transceivers

Altera ARM DS-5 SoC Embedded Design Suite

Altera's ESW-SOCEDS-DS5-FIX ARM DS-5 SoC Embedded Design Suite is a comprehensive software development tool designed for use with Altera's SoC FPGA's. This suite allows hardware and software teams to work independently and follow their familiar design flows. It takes the Altera Quartus II/Qsys out files and generates handoff files for the software design flow. This removes the debugging barrier between CPUs and the FPGA. The DS-5 Suite is the industry's most advanced debugger for ARM based devices. It has a JTAG based system-level debugging and gdbserver-based application debugging in one package.

Altera MAX® V CPLDs

Altera MAX® V CPLDs deliver the industry's best value in low cost, low power CPLDs, offering robust new features at up to 50% lower total power when compared to competitive CPLDs. Altera MAX V also features a unique, non-volatile architecture and one of the industry's largest density CPLDs. In addition, the MAX V integrates many functions that were previously external, such as flash, RAM, oscillators, and phase-locked loops, and in many cases, it delivers more I/Os and logic per footprint at the same price as competitive CPLDs. The MAX V utilizes green packaging technology, with packages as small as 20 mm2. MAX V CPLDs are supported by Quartus II® Software v.10.1, which allows productivity enhancements resulting in faster simulation, faster board bring-up, and faster timing closure.

Altera Software & Intellectual Property

Design Software
Altera Quartus II

Quartus II FPGA design software offers a complete software design solution for all Altera devices, including the following features:

  • Complete FPGA design support for all Altera devices, including all high-end, high-performance FPGAs, and HardCopy® ASICs
  • Expanded operating system support
  • Full license to Altera intellectual property (IP) Base Suite MegaCore® functions
  • Shorter compilation times with incremental compilation and multiprocessor support

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Intellectual Property (IP) Cores

Designers need access to a wide variety of IP blocks of differing size and complexity, from the basic arithmetic blocks to transceivers, memory controllers, microprocessors, signal processing, and protocol interfaces. Altera and its third-party IP partners offer a broad portfolio of off-the-shelf, configurable IP cores optimized for Altera® devices. Licensed and unlicensed IP is delivered and installed with Altera's Quartus® II design software. Partner IP can be requested directly from this website. Use the technology links in the left-hand navigation or the search box below to find available Altera and Partner IP for your next design.
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Reference Designs

Reference designs enable true design reuse and fast time to market by serving as technical sub-system or system blueprints, often for targeted applications. Altera and its partners develop and deliver reference designs that show efficient solutions for common system design problems. These reference designs are downloadable directly from this website or can be requested using the automated request form.
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Altera Applications

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