Low-cost FPGAs with floating point hardware will support 10G traffic

February 14, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
The Intel Cyclone 10 family of FPGAs – Cyclone 10 GX and Cyclone 10 LP – are differentiated by features that address the needs of different design teams.

Cyclone 10 GX is unique among other low-cost FPGAs as it can support 10G transceivers and hard floating point DSP (digital signal processing). It offers doubled performance over the previous generation of Cyclone. The architectural innovation in the implementation of IEEE 754 single-precision hardened floating-point DSP blocks can enable processing rates up to 134 GFLOPs (giga floating-point operations per second). This is important for engineers needing higher performance using the FPGA for applications such as motion or motor control systems.


Markets for Intel Cyclone 10 GX include those where high I/O performance and core speed are key requirements. Uses include industrial machine vision and smart city applications. Cyclone 10 GX is also well-suited to support pro AV technologies, such as video streaming applications. Cyclone 10 GX FPGAs enable cost-savings when using motors and drives, power assembly, computer numerical control (CNC), machine tools and robotics.


Designers using Cyclone GX and Cyclone LP FPGAs in industrial settings can more easily reach compliance under the Machinery Directive safety standard IEC 61508; Intel says it is the first FPGA supplier to obtain device and tool qualification under this standard.


The Cyclone 10 LP is intended for applications where cost and power are key factors in the design decision. These systems typically use FPGA densities that are sub 75K LE (logic element) and chip-to-chip bridging functions between electronic components or I/O expansion for microprocessors. Cyclone 10 LP can also be used for automotive video processing used in rear-view cameras and in sensor fusion.


The Cyclone 10 FPGA family will be available in the second half of 2017, along with evaluation kits and boards, and the latest version of Quartus, the Intel FPGA programming software.


Product brief for the Intel Cyclone 10 GX; https://www.altera.com/content/dam/altera-www/global/en_US/pdfs/literature/po/cyclone-10-gx-product-brief.pdf


Product brief for the Intel Cyclone 10 LP; https://www.altera.com/content/dam/altera-www/global/en_US/pdfs/literature/po/cyclone-10-lp-product-brief.pdf


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