The APEX device family ranges from 30,000 to over 1.5 million gates (113,000 to over 2.5 million system gates) and ships on 0.22-µm, 0.18-µm, and 0.15-µm processes. Introduced in 1999, the APEX device family extended Altera's leadership in embedded PLD architectures to new levels of efficiency and performance. APEX devices are uniquely suited for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions, allowing designers to integrate a system efficiently and use it in a broad range of applications. Designers wishing to leverage Altera’s more enhanced, highest-density, and highest-performance FPGA technology may wish to find out about Altera’s Stratix® series of high-end FPGAs.
Altera's APEX 20KC devices combine a 0.15-µm, all-layer-copper interconnect with state-of-the-art features found in APEX 20KE devices. APEX 20KC devices provide performance improvements of 25 percent over competing 0.18-µm-based devices and meet the high-performance needs of the communications marketplace. Additionally, the APEX 20KC MultiCore architecture combines logic and memory for high-density SOPC solutions. Other members of the APEX 20K device family include the 1.8-V APEX 20KE and 2.5-V APEX 20K devices. Figure 1 shows APEX device processes.
Altera offers the following APEX devices: