30 Sep '14, 8am

Altera's FPGA family offers dual configuration @alteracorp

Shelley Davis, director of strategic marketing at Altera, said the new product was both a CPLD and an FPGA. "It combines the best of both in a small package at low cost," she noted. Altera claims the device can result in improved reliability, as well as reduced BOM costs, time to market and board space, by integrating in a single chip such capabilities as: integrated power regulator, up to 500 user I/O Analogue to digital converters, embedded processing with soft-core Nios II processors, embedded memory and DSP blocks, up to 50K logic elements, and flash memory blocks. Davis continued: "The really cool thing is the dual configuation path." This is supported in the on-die flash storage and allows two FPGA designs in a single chip. The dual-configuration capability enables the device to perform fail-safe upgrades, whereby one flash block is designated for upgrade images whil...

Full article: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-news/fpga-fam...

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