Altera Cyclone V GT FPGA Is Industry's First Low-Power FPGA to Achieve Compliance for PCIe Gen2 at 5 Gbps

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Industry's Only Low-power 28 nm FPGA in Production Allows Developers to Reduce
Total System Costs in PCIe Gen2 Applications
SAN JOSE, Calif.,  March 18, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation  (NASDAQ:
ALTR) today announced its 28 nm Cyclone V GT FPGA completed compliance testing
with the PCI Express®  (PCIe®) 2.0 specification. Available in production today,
the  Cyclone V GT FPGA  is the industry's first low-cost, low-power FPGA to
achieve PCIe 2.0 interoperability with data rates of 5 Gbps. The Cyclone V GT
FPGA successfully passed all PCI-SIG®  compliance and interoperability tests at
the most recent PCI-SIG workshop and is currently included on the  PCI-SIG
Integrators List. Cyclone V GT FPGAs provide developers a significant reduction
in system costs and system power when developing PCIe Gen2-based applications
compared to previously available FPGAs.


"Achieving PCIe Gen2 compliance with our Cyclone V GT FPGA marks another
milestone in the successful rollout of our 28 nm Cyclone V FPGA family," said 
Sabrina Raza, senior product marketing manager at Altera. "Customers who need
the system performance offered by PCIe Gen2 now have the ability to use a
low-power FPGA and lower their total system costs. Leveraging our expertise in
transceiver technology and our proficiency in developing PCIe design solutions,
we allow customers to save a significant amount in system costs while not
trading off on performance."

Cyclone V FPGAs feature integrated transceivers with data rates up to 5 Gbps and
have two hardened PCIe IP blocks embedded within the device. The PCIe hard IP
blocks enable developers to increase system performance and system functionality
while boosting design team productivity. The PCIe 2.0-compliant hard IP blocks
consists of the PHY/MAC, data link and transaction layers. The blocks can be
configured to function as an end point or a root port and supports up to x4

Cyclone V FPGAs and Cyclone V SoCs have an innovative multifunction support
feature that allows up to eight PCIe end points to be combined into a single end
point while still being supported by standard device drivers. This convenient
feature benefits applications such as I/O expansion by reducing software driver
development time. The Cyclone V FPGA and Cyclone V SoC are also equipped with
Altera's innovative Configuration via Protocol using PCIe, which allows the hard
PCIe core in the devices to operate without the FPGA fabric being loaded. This
ensures the PCIe end point is ready for enumeration under the PCIe protocol's
required 100ms specification regardless of the configuration method being used. 

Altera offers a full spectrum of PCI-SIG-compliant solutions across its entire
product portfolio that are optimized to meet key application requirements. These
solutions include configurable PCIe intellectual property (IP) cores and
development boards for endpoint, bridge, switch and root port functionalities.
Altera's latest Cyclone V GT FPGA Development Kit enables simple and fast PCIe
Gen2 protocol implementation while reducing design risk and shortening
development times. The development kit provides a quick and simple approach to
develop low-cost and low-power FPGA system-level designs to achieve rapid


Cyclone V GT FPGAs are currently in production. Altera offers the broadest
portfolio of 28 nm low-power, low-cost FPGAs in the industry, with densities
ranging from 25K logic elements (LEs) to 300K LEs and the smallest form factor
packaging options that are tailored to customer's needs. For more information
about Altera's Cyclone V GT FPGAs, visit To learn more
about the PCIe capabilities featured in Altera's FPGAs, visit

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