Stratix® devices contain powerful system-level features that offer design flexibility and high-performance system integration. As part of a general-purpose device family, Stratix devices offer a feature-rich, high-bandwidth system solution to take system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) designs to new levels. Stratix II FPGAs are built for designers who need higher performance, higher density, and lower cost.
- High-Performance Architecture
- High Memory Bandwidth & High-Speed External Memory Interfaces
- High-Performance Digital Signal Processing
- High I/O Bandwidth & High-Speed Interfaces
- Automatic Cyclic Redundancy Code (CRC) Checking
- On-Chip Hot-Socketing & Power-Sequencing Support
- Remote System Upgrade Capabilities
- Low-Cost Volume Production Devices
Altera's high-density Stratix® FPGAs power complex designs to high levels of system integration. Introduced in 2002, Stratix devices are shipping in volume production, including commercial- and industrial-grade devices. Customers ready to ramp their system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) designs in production have immediate access to production versions of the high-performance Stratix devices through Altera's distribution channels. Designers needing higher performance, higher density, and lower cost can take advantage of Stratix II FPGAs.
The rapid deployment of next-generation systems has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in demand for total FPGA bandwidth. Instead of being restricted to non-critical peripheral processes, as are many FPGAs, Stratix devices can be used at the heart of high-bandwidth systems to accelerate performance and enable new functionality.
The Stratix device family is based on a 1.5-V, 0.13-µm, all-layer-copper process technology and offers up to 79,040 logic elements (LEs), 7 Mbits of embedded memory, optimized digital signal processing (DSP) blocks, and high-performance I/O capabilities. Stratix devices are the ideal solution for complex, high-performance systems.
Stratix devices have a rich set of advanced features, including:
- A high-performance architecture that accelerates block-based designs for maximum system performance
- Abundant TriMatrix" memory resources for on-chip storage
- High-bandwidth DSP blocks for signal processing-intensive applications
- Proven differential I/O technology featuring the True-LVDS" circuitry, capable of 840-Mbps performance
- Robust clock management and frequency synthesis for managing on- and off-chip timing to maximize system performance using full-featured, embedded phase-locked loops (PLLs)
- Maximized signal quality and data transfer reliability with differential and series on-chip termination
The Stratix architecture has also been designed to maximize the performance benefits of the Nios® II family of embedded processors. The advanced architectural features of Stratix devices combined with the Nios II embedded processors improve the performance of the soft embedded processors to over 150 DMIPS, offering very high processing power for high-bandwidth systems.
When used in conjunction with an extensive intellectual property (IP) core portfolio and the easy-to-use Quartus® II development software, users can minimize time-to-market on high-bandwidth designs.
System designers who require a low-risk cost-reduction path for high-volume production can migrate their Stratix designs to fixed-function HardCopy Stratix" devices. HardCopy Stratix devices maintain the high-density, high-performance architecture of Stratix FPGAs and offer a low-cost, seamless migration path to high-volume, application-specific, mask-programmed devices. Though highly design-dependent, HardCopy Stratix devices can also offer an average of 50 percent higher performance and about 40 percent lower power consumption compared to Stratix FPGAs.
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