Altera’s MAX® II, Cyclone® III, and Stratix® II devices provide a high-performance, cost-effective programmable platform for consumer electronic manufacturers facing rapidly changing market requirements. Employing programmable logic in their platform gives them agility for time-to-market and the flexibility of adding the latest features to their products. Altera is the only programmable logic device (PLD) company that offers both low-cost FPGAs and a cost-reduction path to HardCopy® ASICs for high-performance applications. Altera provides the following devices:
- MAX II devices are the industry’s lowest-cost CPLDs, built on 0.18µ, non-volatile technology that supports 3.3-V, 2.5-V, and 1.8-V supply voltages. They feature instant-on performance, the industry’s lowest dynamic power, and unique power-down capability. MAX II devices are available in small packages, making them ideal for space-constrained applications.
- Cyclone III devices are the industry’s lowest-cost FPGAs ever, while still offering the highest density and performance. The Cyclone III family is comprised of eight devices ranging from 5K to 120K logic elements (LEs) and up to 534 user I/O pins. Cyclone III FPGAs offer up to 4 Mbits of embedded memory, 288 embedded 18x18 multipliers, dedicated external memory interface circuitry, phase-locked loops (PLLs), and differential I/O pins. Cyclone III devices can also enable embedded processing through the industry’s most widely used Nios® II embedded processor core.
- Stratix II devices are high-performance FPGAs with a low-cost, low-risk cost reduction path to HardCopy ASICs. Stratix II devices are built on a 1.2-V, 90-nm SRAM process technology featuring 180K LEs, 9-Mbit RAM, and 384 18 x 18 multipliers. Consumer electronic manufacturers can take advantage of the high-performance Stratix II family of devices for initial design and fast prototyping and then quickly migrate to ASICs using Altera's HardCopy ASIC flow. HardCopy series ASICs are the lowest risk, fastest time-to-market solution in the industry.