Altera's Cyclone™ family of FPGAs provides the benefits of programmable logic at price points that are competitive with ASICs and ASSPs. These low-cost devices are built from the ground up based on extensive input from hundreds of customers and provide high-volume application-focused features such as embedded memory, external memory interfaces, and clock management circuitry.
Altera broke new ground with the Cyclone FPGA family, the first generation of the Cyclone series. The Cyclone device family, the FPGA performance leader, is based on a low-cost architecture, built from the start with cost savings in mind. Cyclone devices enable the development of new, programmable solutions in price-sensitive applications where FPGAs were once considered too expensive. They offered a new low-cost alternative for applications currently using application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that risk significant non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges, prolonged delivery to market, and design re-spins. With unmatched price points, features, and performance, Cyclone devices are the low-cost FPGA family designers had been waiting for, as seen by the huge demand for these devices with milions of units having been bought by thousands of unique customers worldwide.
Designers needing lower costs, more density and functionality for high-volume applications can take advantage of Cyclone II FPGAs.
Challenges of Cost-Optimization
Programmable logic suppliers have many challenges when designing cost-reduced FPGAs. The most significant challenge is addressing the tradeoff between performance, features, and overall device cost. FPGA designers must strike a delicate balance (Figure 1) to ensure sufficient logic and memory density for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions while providing adequate performance at reasonable prices.