Altera ships FPGA industry's highest performance SoCs

September 26, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
Altera Corporation has begun production shipments of the company's Cyclone V SoCs and engineering sample availability of the company's Arria V SoCs.

With increased processor peak clock frequencies - Cyclone V SoCs at 925 MHz for commercial-grade and 700 MHz for automotive-grade, and Arria V SoCs at 1.05 GHz for industrial-grade - these devices are the industry’s highest performing SoCs in the FPGA industry. Altera SoCs provide embedded developers the most robust architecture, highest productivity development tools and broadest range of densities.

Altera offers the industry’s broadest range of densities with its 28 nm SoCs, ranging from 25K logic elements (LE) up to 460K LE. This density range allows Altera SoCs to be integrated into a variety of embedded systems, ranging from cost-sensitive industrial automation and automotive driver assist systems to applications that require higher-performance, including remote radio units, 10G/40G line cards and broadcast studio equipment. Increasing the core frequency of the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor enables the devices to meet performance requirements of an even greater number of embedded systems.

Altera SoCs combine a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor system with FPGA logic on a single device. Altera SoCs include several distinctive features (32-bit error correction code, a high-bandwidth memory controller with built in memory protection, flexible boot capability and integrated PCI Express across all SoCs) that enable developers in the wireless communications, industrial, video surveillance, automotive and medical equipment markets to create custom SoC variants optimized for system power, board space, performance and cost requirements.

Altera SoCs are supported by a broad ecosystem of operating systems, design tools, development kits, and software-development solutions from Altera, ARM and third parties that ease the development and use of the devices. The Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) allows embedded developers to jumpstart their firmware and application software development by offering a comprehensive tool suite that includes development tools, utility programs, run-time software and application examples. At the heart of the SoC EDS is the exclusive ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition Toolkit. This toolkit combines the ARM DS-5 advanced multicore debugging