Altera to offer mil-temperature spec’d FPGAs in 20-nm generation

August 27, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Mil temp-qualified Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs will allow military customers to make early specification decisions in designing avionics, radar and other high reliability applications, Altera says

The company's plans for military temperature (Mil Temp) grades for its 20-nm technology Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs set out qualtification for extreme temperature environments (-55C to 125C ambient). In addition to the ratings, Altera can provide guidelines on speed grades, protocols, and external memory interfaces best suited to specific applications. All devices will be characterised, qualified and tested by Altera, providing reduced and reliable lead times.

“Altera is committed to supporting military customers by ensuring Mil Temp variants of our next-generation products are available,” said David Gamba, senior director of the Military, Aerospace and Government Business Unit at Altera. “Though not all defence applications operate in the extremes of the Mil Temp range, early notification of these qualification plans allows customers to make valuable platform design decisions now that allow for cost-effective variants and easier design migration later.”

Altera’s Arria 10 FPGA and SoC devices have integrated, hardened IEEE 754-compliant, floating-point operators, which claim the highest GFLOPS per Watt performance in this class of product. The hard floating point DSP blocks featured in Arria 10 devices facilitate native floating point support, thereby reducing development time by 6 to 12 months. These macros are useful for many military and aerospace applications, from real-time tactical uses to wide-view satellite survey platforms. They also enable precise designs in ground-based and airborne phased-array radar and directional antenna applications. Altera also positions Arria 10 SoCs as the only 20 nm devices with integrated ARM processors.

Access to Altera’s Military Temperature brochure, plus notifications, and access to ratings, is restricted to customers who create an account at the myAltera Military Portal.

Altera; www.altera.com/devices/common/military/mil-temp.html