Altera, together with its Embedded Alliance partners, offers the broadest selection of industry-leading processors, software development tools, operating systems, and intellectual property (IP) cores all under a single FPGA design flow. Choose from a wide selection of processor options to fit your cost, power, real-time, and applications processing requirements. Scale performance with multiple processors, hardware-accelerated coprocessors, and the optimal FPGA device selection.
Figure 1. Altera's Embedded Solutions
- MMU = memory management unit
Figure 2. Embedded Processors Offered by Altera and the Altera Embedded Alliance
Accelerate Your Time to Market with the Altera Embedded Alliance
Altera has partnered with industry-leading embedded suppliers to provide a broad range of processors, tools, IP cores, and operating system support to accelerate your time to market. Our highly integrated, customizable solutions target FPGAs, HardCopy® series ASICs, and SoCs.
|Nios II Processor
|Altera's Nios® II processor is the world's most versatile processor. This soft processor delivers unprecedented flexibility for your cost-sensitive, real-time, safety-critical (DO-254), ASIC-optimized, and applications processing needs. According to Gartner Research, the Nios II processor is the most widely used soft processor in the FPGA industry.|
|ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore Processor
Altera's ARM®-based SoCs let you reduce system power, system cost, and board space by integrating the performance of a dual-core ARM CortexTM-A9 MPCoreTM processor with the flexibility of our power-optimized 28 nm low-power FPGA fabric.
|ARM Cortex-M1 Processor
|The ARM Cortex-M1 processor, combined with Altera's cost- and power-optimized FPGA devices and suite of embedded IP cores, delivers an ARM-based microcontroller-class solution with an exact-fit peripheral set and familiar ARM tool suite.|
|The Intel® AtomTM processor E6x5C series provides a customizable Intel Atom processor by combining the E6x5C processor with an Altera® FPGA on a multichip package. Altera's best-in-class SoC system integration tool, Qsys, allows you to easily adapt to changing interface standards and peripherals, and is an ideal platform for the development of netbooks, mobile internet devices, and automotive infotainment solutions.|
|The MP32 processor brings the vast MIPS® ecosystem to Altera's FPGAs, allowing you to reuse software code and IP cores to build customizable MIPS-based solutions for video, digital signal processing, and networking.|
|ColdFire V1 Processor
|The small-footprint ColdFire® V1 core is designed for entry-level 32-bit low-power consumer and industrial applications. Combined with Altera’s cost- and power-optimized FPGA devices and suite of embedded IP cores, the ColdFire V1 core delivers a custom microcontroller solution that is both extensible and obsolescence proof.|
Additional processor cores are available from Altera partners.