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Altera Corporation has announced the availability of 40nm FPGAs, targeting customers in a variety of markets including communications, broadcast, test, medical and military.

The first device available is the EP4SGX230, offering 230,000 logic elements (LEs), 36 embedded transceivers operating up to 8.5Gbps, 17Mbits of Ram and 1,288 embedded multipliers.

Using the 40nm process node, the Stratix IV FPGA range is comprised of two variants, an enhanced (E) version and transceiver-based (GX) version.

The Stratix IV range offers up to 680,000 logic elements, over twice the logic capacity of competing high-end FPGAs.

The devices also support DDR3 memory interface speeds of 1,067Mbps.

Stratix IV GX FPGAs feature up to 48 transceivers operating up to 8.5Gbps, enabling the development of next-generation, high-bandwidth communication infrastructure.

Featuring advanced logic and routing architecture, plus Altera’s Programmable Power technology, the Stratix IV range is a low-power, high-end FPGA.

Programmable Power technology enables every programmable logic array block (LAB), digital signal processing (DSP) block and memory block to deliver high speed or low power, depending on design requirements.

Stratix IV FPGAs provide customers a conversion to Altera’s transceiver-based Hardcopy IV GX ASICs.

Stratix IV GX FPGAs incorporate up to four hard intellectual property (IP) cores for PCIe Gen1 and Gen2 (x1, x4 and x8), and also support a wide range of protocols including serial rapid IO, Gigabit Ethernet, XAUI, CPRI (including 6G CPRI), CEI 6G, GPON, SFI-5.1 and Interlaken.

Stratix IV GX devices are the only FPGAs that meet the rigorous jitter specifications of protocols such as PCIe Gen2 and CEI 6G (critical for Interlaken).

The Stratix IV GX EP4SGX230 is currently shipping, with other variants scheduled to ship in 2009.

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