The 20 nm ARM*-based Intel® Arria® 10 SoC delivers optimal performance, power efficiency, small form factor, and low cost for midrange applications. The Intel Arria 10 SoC, based on TSMC’s 20 nm process technology, combines a dual-core ARM Cortex*-A9 MPCore* Hard Processor System (HPS) with industry-leading programmable logic technology that includes hardened floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks. The Intel Arria 10 SoC offers a processor with a rich feature set of embedded peripherals, hardened floating-point variable-precision DSP blocks, embedded high-speed transceivers, hard memory controllers, and protocol intellectual property (IP) controllers - all in a single highly integrated package.

Intel Arria 10 SoCs: Higher System-Level Integration SoC in Production

The Intel Arria 10 SoC combines architectural innovations with TSMC's 20 nm process technology to deliver improvements in performance and power reduction:

  • 65% higher processor performance with up to 1.5 GHz CPU operation per core
  • 60% higher performance versus the previous generation, over 500 MHz-capable FPGA logic core performance (15% higher performance than previous SoC)
  • 4X more transceiver bandwidth versus the previous generation (2X more bandwidth versus previous high-end FPGAs)
  • 4X higher system performance (2,400 Mbps DDR4 SDRAM, Hybrid Memory Cube support)
  • More than 1,500 giga floating-point operation per second (GFLOPs) and up to 50 GFLOPs per Watt in a single device
  • 40% lower power with process technology improvement and innovative techniques for power reduction

Designed for Productivity

Design productivity is one of the driving philosophies of the Intel Arria 10 SoC architecture. The Intel Arria 10 SoC offers full software compatibility with previous generation SoC FPGAs, a broad ecosystem of ARM software and tools, and the enhanced FPGA and DSP hardware design flow.

  • Extensive ecosystem of ARM for software development
  • Full software compatibility between 28 nm Cyclone® V SoC, Arria V SoC, and Intel Arria 10 SoC
  • Intel Quartus® Prime software FPGA design suite featuring:
    • High-level automated design flow with Open Computing Language (OpenCL™) compiler 
    • Model-based digital signal processing (DSP) hardware design with DSP Builder for Intel FPGAs

Target Markets

Applications

The Intel Arria 10 SoCs have been designed to meet the performance, power, and cost requirements for applications such as:

  • Wireless infrastructure equipment including remote radio unit and mobile backhaul
  • Compute and storage equipment including flash cache, cloud computing, and acceleration
  • Broadcast studio and distribution equipment including professional A/V and video conferencing
  • Military guidance, control, and intelligence equipment
  • Wireline 100G line cards, bridges and aggregation, 40G GPON
  • Test and measurement equipment
  • Diagnostic medical imaging equipment

Access, Metro, and Core

  • Target applications: 40G GPON, EPON, FFTH, Switch, 100G/200G NGPON, and 100G Traffic Management
  • Logic functions: Aggregation, Bridging, Switching, Traffic Management, I/O
  • Processor functions: Host Offload, OAM & Link, L2 Switch, I/O, Protocol Control, Chassis Management

  

Wireless

  • Target applications: Remote Radio Head, Mobile Backhaul, Active Antenna, Basestation  (BTS), 4G/LTE Marco eNB, 4G/LTE Micro eNB
  • Logic functions: RF Processing, Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD), Baseband Interface
  • Processor functions: OAM & Link, Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD), L2 Switch, and I/O, Protocol Control

Broadcast

  • Target applications: Pro A/V Equipment, Switcher, Server, Transport, Head End and VoD Multiplexer
  • Logic functions: Video Format Conversion, Multiplexing, Switching, Bridging
  • Processor functions: Audio Processing, Video Compression, Link Management

Cloud Servers and Storage

  • Target applications: Flash Cache, Cloud, Server, Acceleration
  • Logic functions: Flash Cache Processing, Acceleration, SATA/SAS, PCI Express* (PCIe*) Gen3
  • Processor functions: Flash Cache Control, Host Offload, Co-processing & Acceleration Control

Transmission

  • Target applications: NX 100G OTU 4, 2 X OTU 4 and 4 X OTU 4
  • Logic functions: FEC, Aggregation, Muxponding and IO
  • Processor functions: Host Offload, OAM & Link, I/O Control and Chassis Management

Comparison of Arria SoC Variants

Feature Arria V SoC Intel Arria 10 SoC
Process Technology 28 nm TSMC 20 nm TSMC
Processor Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore
Processor Performance 1.05 GHz 1.5 GHz
Logic Core Performance 300 MHz ~500 MHz
Power Dissipation 100% 60%
Logic Density Range 350 – 462K logic element (LE) 160 – 660K LE
Embedded Memory 23 Mb 39 Mb
18x19 Multipliers 2,136 3,356
Maximum Transceivers 30 48
Maximum Transceiver Data Rate (Chip to Chip) 10 Gbps 17.4 Gbps
Memory Devices Supported (1) DDR3 SDRAM @ 533 MHz

DDR4 SDRAM @ 1,200 MHz

DDR3 SDRAM @ 1066 MHz
LPDDR3 @ 800 MHz
RLDRAM 3 @ 1200 MHz

QDR IV SRAM @ 1066 MHz

QDR II+ SRAM @ 633 MHz 

Hybrid Memory Cube

Hard Protocol IP 2 EMACs
PCI Express* (PCIe*) Gen2 x8
 

3 EMACs
PCI Express Gen3 X 8
10/40G BaseKR- forward error correction (FEC)
Interlaken physical coding sublayer (PCS)
 

Security Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

AES encryption

Authentication based on Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA)

Public key infrastructure with layered hierarchy for root of trust

Anti-tamper enhancements

Notes:
  1. See the full list of memory devices that are supported

Family Overview Table

Listing of All Device Variations (PDF)

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† Tests measure performance of components on a particular test, in specific systems. Differences in hardware, software, or configuration will affect actual performance. Consult other sources of information to evaluate performance as you consider your purchase.  For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.  Performance comparison methodology and detailed results documented in the Arria 10 Performance Benchmarking Methodology and Results white paper on www.altera.com/arriaperformance