Intel® FPGA configuration devices (formerly Altera®) are the ideal complement to our FPGAs. Our serial configuration devices are designed to support specific Intel FPGA families.
Intel's FPGA configuration devices are the industry's easiest-to-use configuration devices:
- These devices receive regression testing with Intel tools and are fully supported by technical support
- Guaranteed to work with all Intel intellectual property (IP) blocks, such as the serial flash loader or ASMI parallel IP blocks
- Designed for maximum efficiency
- Offer in-system programmability (ISP) and reprogramming capabilities not available with one-time-programmable devices
- Provide longer life cycles than commodity serial flash products
The Intel® FPGA configuration devices have the following advantages:
- Reliability: they typically support a minimum of 100,000 erase cycles per sector and a minimum of 20 years data retention. As a result, their management is simpler, with no need for error correction and bad block management
- Low pin count requirement: a quad SPI flash device typically requires six pins, but it can be used with as few as four pins when being used as a replacement for an EPCS device
- High bandwidth
Intel® FPGA configuration devices work with dedicated logic in Cyclone®, Stratix®, and Arria® devices to implement reliable remote system upgrade. Dedicated recovery circuitry guarantees "always operational" functionality by ensuring that even if an update or configuration error occurs, the FPGA always return to a known state to operate correctly.
The current list of devices is presented below: