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February 24, 2015

Altera Ships 20 nm SoCs

Altera today strengthened its leadership position in SoC FPGA products by shipping its second-generation SoC family. Arria® 10 SoCs are the industry’s only programmable devices that combine ARM® processors with a 20 nm FPGA fabric. Arria 10 SoCs bring across-the-board improvements to enable higher performing, lower power, and more feature rich embedded systems compared to previous generation SoC FPGAs. Altera will showcase its SoC-based solutions, including the industry’s only 20 nm SoC FPGA, to attendees of Embedded World 2015 in Nurnberg, Germany. (more)

February 23, 2015

Altera FPGAs Achieve Compelling Performance-per-Watt in Cloud Data Center Acceleration Using CNN Algorithms

Altera today announced Microsoft is using Altera Arria® 10 FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), to achieve compelling performance-per-Watt in data center acceleration based on CNN (convolutional neural network) algorithms. These algorithms are frequently used for image classification, image recognition, and natural language processing. Altera is presenting how FPGAs are accelerating data center search at two key industry events this week:  FPGA 2015 ACM/SIGDA in Monterey, California, on February 23 and the Linley Group Data Center Conference in San Jose, California, on February 25.

February 23, 2015

Altera Showcases Its Industry-leading SoC Solutions at Embedded World

Altera will showcase at Embedded World 2015 how its SoCs are enabling developers to create highly differentiated, feature-rich embedded systems. Altera SoCs will be featured prominently throughout the exhibit halls both in Altera’s booth and in multiple partner booths. Highlights in Altera’s booth (Hall 5 Stand 277) include the unveiling of Altera’s second-generation SoC family, Arria® 10 SoCs, the industry’s only 20 nm SoC FPGA family. Also on display will be application-specific demonstrations of low-cost, low-power 28 nm Cyclone® V SoCs enabling higher performance, lower power and more secure embedded, automotive and industrial applications.

February 17, 2015

Altera Announces Virtual Prototyping for Its Industry-leading SoC FPGA Portfolio Through Collaboration with Mentor Graphics

Altera today announced its collaboration with Mentor Graphics to provide embedded software developers access to best-in-class Vista® virtual platforms that support Altera’s entire SoC FPGA portfolio, including its third-generation 14 nm Stratix® 10 SoCs with a 64-bit quad-core ARM® Cortex-A53 processor. These advanced SoC virtual platforms accelerate embedded software development across the entire product life cycle for significant time to market advantage and reduced cost. (more)

January 08, 2015

Altera Demonstrates FPGA-Based Solutions at CAR-ELE JAPAN International Automotive Electronics Technology Expo

Altera is demonstrating leading-edge automotive solutions based on its field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology at CAR-ELE JAPAN, a premier international automotive electronics exposition taking place January 14 to 16, 2014, at the Tokyo Big Sight, in Booth West 8-49. The demonstrations will cover advanced programmable logic solutions for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), video scaling and graphic acceleration in car infotainment systems, and use of FPGAs to increase efficiency and performance of electric vehicle powertrains. (more)

January 05, 2015

Audi Selects Altera SoC FPGA for Production Vehicles with “Piloted Driving” Capability

Altera today announced that its SoC field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have been selected for use in Audi’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) targeted for mass production. Audi, a self-driving car technology leader, and Austrian high-tech company TTTech, the core-development partner for Audi’s central driver assistance control unit zFAS, chose the Altera® Cyclone® V SoC FPGA for its ability to increase system performance and enable the differentiated features Audi requires for piloted driving and parking not available with application specific standard product (ASSP) solutions. (more)

December 18, 2014

Altera Demonstrates Industry’s Highest Performance DDR4 Memory Data Rates in an FPGA

Altera today announced it is demonstrating in silicon DDR4 memory interfaces operating at an industry-leading 2,666 Mbps. Altera’s Arria® 10 FPGAs and SoCs are the industry’s only FPGAs available today that support DDR4 memory at these data rates, delivering a 43 percent improvement in memory performance over previous generation FPGAs and a 10 percent improvement in memory performance over competing 20 nm FPGAs. Hardware designers today can use the latest Quartus® II software v14.1 to enable 2,666 Mbps DDR4 memory data rates in Arria 10 FPGA and SoC designs. A video demonstration showing robust memory interfaces operating at 2,666 Mbps with margin is available for viewing at

December 15, 2014

Altera Quartus II Software v14.1 Enables TFLOPS Performance in Industry’s First FPGA with Hardened Floating Point DSP Blocks

Altera today released its Quartus® II software v14.1 featuring expanded support for Arria® 10 FPGAs and SoCs, the FPGA industry’s only devices with hardened floating point DSP blocks and the industry’s only 20 nm SoC FPGAs that integrate ARM processors. Altera’s latest software release provides immediate support for the hardened floating point DSP blocks integrated in Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs. Users can choose between three unique DSP design entry flows and achieve up to an industry-leading 1.5 TFLOPS of DSP performance. The software also includes several optimizations that improve designer productivity by accelerating Arria 10 FPGA and SoC design time. (more)

December 04, 2014

Altera SDK for OpenCL Recognized as Design Tool of the Year at the 2014 Elektra Awards

Altera today announced Electronics Weekly magazine selected the Altera SDK for OpenCL as  its design tool of the year at the annual Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards gala in London. These accolades represent the latest in a series of awards and recognitions the Altera SDK for OpenCL has received since its release in 2012. Today, Altera offers the industry’s only OpenCL-conformant solution that allows software programmers to easily implement OpenCL applications on FPGA accelerators. (more)

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