About Stratix Series High-End FPGAs

The Stratix® FPGA series enables you to deliver high-performance, state-of-the-art products to market faster with lower risk and higher productivity. Compare Stratix series devices with our online Product Selector.

By combining high density, high performance, and a rich feature set, Stratix series FPGAs allow you to integrate more functions and maximize system bandwidth. See Table 1.

Table 1. Stratix Series Introduction

Device Family Stratix Stratix GX Stratix II Stratix II GX Stratix III Stratix IV Stratix V
Year of introduction2002200320042005200620082010
Process technology130 nm130 nm90 nm90 nm65 nm40 nm28 nm
Recommended for
new designs?
NoNoYesYesYesYesYes
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Both evolutionary and revolutionary features have been incorporated over the generations of Stratix FPGA families. Table 2 outlines the features that are common across two or more of the Stratix series FPGA families.

Table 2. Stratix Series Common Features

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Stratix series FPGAs are also ideal for the prototyping and verification of standard-cell ASICs.

Stratix V FPGAs provide the highest bandwidth, highest levels of system integration, and ultimate flexibility of any 28-nm FPGA. The device family includes variants with backplane-compatible, chip-to-chip, and chip-to-module capable 14.1 Gbps (GS and GX) and chip-to-chip and chip-to-module 28.05G (GT) transceivers, 950K logic elements (LEs), and up to 3,926 variable-precision digital signal processing (DSP) blocks.

Stratix IV FPGAs provide the highest density, highest performance, and lowest power of any 40 nm FPGA. With enhanced (E) and enhanced with transceivers (GX and GT) variants, Stratix IV FPGAs address many markets and applications, such as wireless and wireline communications, military, and broadcast. This high-performance 40 nm FPGA family includes 11.3 Gbps transceivers.

Stratix III FPGAs are the industry's lowest power high-performance 65 nm FPGAs. Logic rich (L) and enhanced for memory and digital signal processing (E) variants allow you to balance your resource requirements to your design without having to design in a device any bigger than is absolutely necessary—saving board real estate, compilation time, and money. Stratix III FPGAs target high-end core system processing designs in many applications.

Stratix II FPGAs and the Stratix II GX variants introduced the adaptive logic module (ALM) architecture, which uses a high-performance, 8-input fracturable look-up table (LUT) in place of a 4-input LUT. You'll find this innovative ALM logic structure used in Altera's newest high-end FPGAs. Stratix II and Stratix II GX FPGAs are available in volume and are still highly recommended for new designs.

Stratix FPGAs and the Stratix GX variants are the original members of the Altera® Stratix FPGA series. This high-performance FPGA family introduced digital signal processing hard intellectual property (IP) blocks along with Altera's ubiquitous TriMatrix on-chip memory and flexible I/O structures.