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.
In May 2013, Altera acquired Enpirion, Inc. The addition of Enpirion’s portfolio of power management products strengthens Altera’s product line, providing customers with higher performance, lower system power, higher reliability, smaller footprint and faster time-to-market. Mouser offers the entire range of both Enpirion and Altera products. Visit Mouser’s Enpirion site to view the full range of stocked Enpirion products available.
Altera offers solutions that shorten time to market, improve performance and productivity, and reduce system costs.
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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.
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.
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.
Altera MAX® complex programmable logic device (CPLD) Series provides you with the lowest power, lowest cost CPLDs.
Quartus II FPGA design software offers a complete software design solution for all Altera devices.
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'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
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:
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 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 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'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'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.
Quartus II FPGA design software offers a complete software design solution for all Altera devices, including the following features:
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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 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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