Intel bought Altera last year, which means Intel is now in the FPGA business, and the company has recently announced they had started to provide samples of Startix 10 SoC manufactured using Intel 14 nm tri-gate process. The interesting part if that beside FPGA fabric, the SoC also includes four ARM Cortex A53 cores.
Intel / Altera Stratix 10 SoC key features and specifications:
- Processor – Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 MP Core up to 1.5 GHz
- Logic Core Performance – 1 GHz
- Logic Density Range – 500K LE – 5.5M LE
- Embedded Memory – 229 Mb
- Up to 11,520 18 x 19 Multipliers
- Up to 144 Transceivers up to 30 Gbps data rate (Chip to Chip)
- Memory Devices Supported – DDR4 SDRAM @ 1,333 MHz,DDR3 SDRAM @ 1066 MHz, LPDDR3 @ 800 MHz, RLDRAM 3 @ 1200 MHz, QDR IV SRAM @ 1066 MHz, QDR II+ SRAM @ 633 MHz, Hybrid Memory Cube
- Hard Protocol IP – 3 EMACs, PCI Express Gen3 X 8, 10/40G BaseKR- forward error correction (FEC), Interlaken physical coding sublayer (PCS)
- Security – AES-256/SHA-256 bitsream encryption/authentication, physically unclonable function (PUF), ECDSA 256/384 boot code authentication, multi-factor key infrastructure with layered hierarchy for root of trust, side channel attack protection
Compared to the previous FPGA generation (Stratix V), Intel claims twice the core performance, five times the density, up to 70% lower power consumption, up to 10 TFLOPS single-precision floating point DSP performance, and up to 1 TBps memory bandwidth with integrated High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) in-package.
The new FPGA family targets data centers and networking infrastructures, which require high-bandwidth, multiple protocols and modulation schemes support, with a high performance-per-watt ratio.
You’ll find more details on Altera Stratix 10 FPGA product page.
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