Altera Corporation (San Jose, CA) announced the shipment of the EP3C120, the largest member of its new low-cost 65nm Cyclone® III FPGA family. Leveraging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 65-nm low-power (LP) process, Cyclone III FPGAs offer low power, a rich supply of logic (5K to 120K logic elements), memory (up to 4 Mbits) and digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities (up to 288 DSP multipliers).
The low power consumption of the EP3C120 enables it to uniquely address power-sensitive applications or applications in thermally challenging environments where the heat generated by device operation cannot easily be dissipated, affecting product reliability and cost. The entire Cyclone III family is supported by Quartus® II software version 7.1 in both subscription and the free web editions. The advanced technology and productivity features in Quartus II software allow designers to exploit the full potential of the Cyclone III family to achieve 50 percent lower power consumption compared to the previous generation family, and three speed grades faster than the nearest low-cost FPGA competitor.
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