Full Mil Temp compliance planned for FPGA & SoC family

26th August 2014
Staff Reporter

Plans for a military temperature (Mil Temp) qualification for Altera's 20nm Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs has been announced. The devices will be qualified for extreme temperature environments (-55C to 125C ambient), alongside the production of guidelines on speed grades, protocols, and external memory interfaces best suited to specific applications.

Altera will characterise, qualify and test all devices, providing reduced and reliable lead times. Through the myAltera Military Portal, customers can receive notifications, access ratings, and the Military Temperature brochure. 

Altera claim that the Arria 10 FPGA and SoC devices are the only FPGAs in the industry to feature integrated, hardened IEEE 754-compliant, floating-point operators, which deliver the industry’s highest GFLOPS per Watt performance compared to competing solutions. 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 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 defense 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.”

The company further claim that the Arria 10 SoCs are also the industry’s only 20nm devices with integrated ARM processors.


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