Begin 20-nm FPGA designs now with latest tool set – Altera

December 03, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Quartus II Software Arria 10 Edition is the first development tool support for 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs, Altera claims. Based on TSMC 20 nm process technology, Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs revise midrange FPGA and SoCs by simultaneously delivering a 15% performance gain over current high-end FPGAs and up to 40% lower power than previous midrange devices.

You can start developing Arria 10 FPGA and SoC-based systems now using the Quartus II design environment with, Altera says, the fastest compile times in the industry, by taking advantage of multi-core computing technologies. Users can design, simulate and compile Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs using the software. The software release includes advanced timing models and final pin outs to enable board layout. The Quartus II software Arria 10 edition supports multiple FPGA and SoC devices, including the largest density midrange Arria 10 device, featuring up to 1.15 million logic elements (LEs).

Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs claim twice the system integration compared to other midrange devices, including up to 1.15 million logic elements (LEs), variable-precision digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with more than 3300, 18x19 multipliers and integrated hard IP and the option of an integrated processor system that features a 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs also provide 4x greater bandwidth compared to the current generation, including 28-Gbps transceivers, and 3x higher system performance, including support for PCIeGen3 x8, 2666 Mbps DDR4 and up to 15-Gbps Hybrid Memory Cube. Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs devices will be supported by Altera’s Enprion optimised power solutions that deliver a combination of high efficiency, small footprint, and low noise performance in an integrated product.

The Quartus II software Arria 10 Edition is available now for download at The software is available as a subscription edition and includes a free 30-day trial. The annual software subscription is $2,995 for a node-locked PC license.