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Paving the Way to Productivity

Automotive OEMs and manufacturers use Altera FPGAs and CPLDs to differentiate their automobiles with powerful, cost-effective, flexible design platforms that meet the performance, quality, life cycle, and scalability needs of their increasingly complex digital systems. With our automotive products, you can reduce system costs, improve reliability, and simplify complexity to accelerate time to market.

Altera’s automotive-grade portfolio of highly integrated Enpirion® PowerSoC power management solutions features 45,000 year mean time between failures (MTBF) and delivers high efficiency in a tiny footprint to maximize power density, simplify design, reduce system cost, and minimize heat.

Learn how Altera’s automotive-grade FPGAs, CPLDs, and power products, such as our low-cost, low-power Cyclone® series, can help you address some of your toughest automotive application design challenges.

Challenges for Automotive Designers

Three key challenges faced by today’s automotive electronics system designers:

  • Achieving faster development cycles
  • Developing cost-effective and flexible solutions
  • Meeting quality and safety requirements

Faster Development Cycles

The gap between consumer and automotive technologies has narrowed significantly with automotive innovations keeping pace with consumer, or in some cases, leading. For example, video analytics for driver assist systems rely on ultra-low latency precision algorithms to analyze real-time video feeds from a vehicle’s cameras and make split-second decisions. System designers need to use the latest silicon to achieve these levels, but new ASIC/ASSP development schedules cannot keep up with the faster development cycles.

Impact of FPGAs

More and more system designers are using FPGAs for volume applications because of the following advantages they offer:

  • Shorter time to market compared to ASIC solution through re-programmability and reduced risk vs. an ASSP with the ability to fix bugs without a redesign
  • Do not go through the same time consuming physical design, design-rule closure, tape-out, and fabrication processes that ASICs do
  • Ability to make hardware changes available in FPGAs are not an option with ASSP and microcontroller unit (MCU) designs
  • Altera’s Quartus® Prime design software offers innovative technologies to speed up system design and take advantage of FPGA in-system verification to reduce debugging effort

Cost-Effective and Flexible Solutions

Automotive OEMs are struggling with the economic and logistic realities of differentiating vehicles across hundreds of models and options. Many recognize the need for a modular system design approach based on flexible platforms that are customizable across several vehicle models or grades (entry, mid, high, or luxury).

  • Ability to scale the size of the FPGA within the same package so you can increase logic resources using the same board design
  • Meet your exact system requirements using an FPGA, resulting in an optimized system of the features you want, and you do not pay extra for features you will not use
  • Easily support multiple types of image, radar and laser sensors, and various network connectivity options like controller area network (CAN), FlexRay, media-oriented system transport (MOST), and Ethernet AVB
  • Wide range of automotive-grade devices including: MAX® II CPLDs, Cyclone and MAX 10 series FPGAs, and Cyclone V SoCs with ARM-based hard processor system (HPS)

We take business continuity planning (BCP) seriously and employ several initiatives to ensure you have continuous supply of product:

  • Use of six fabs across four locations
  • Dual fab strategy by Fabmatch® methodology
  • Multiple assembly site sourcing
  • Sub-material sourcing control


We understand that you need to support your products and vehicles for a minimum of 10 years after release. Our average product cycle is 15 years, with many of our products having lifetimes in excess of 20 years so you can design in our products with confidence. When change is absolutely mandatory, we take exceptional care to provide special product change notifications so you can manage the delicate rollout of changes to your customers, the automakers, in a coordinated and well-orchestrated manner.

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