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Altera News: Some Electronic Components To Be Discontinued Due To Low Volumes and Declining Demand

Posted by Danielle Leger

Dec 9, 2016 2:27:36 PM


Intel's Programmable Solutions Group (Intel PSG, formally Altera) has stated that several legacy product families will be discontinued due to low volumes and declining demand.


Intel PSG also mentioned that many of the parts listed require a large minimum order quantity (MOQ) and up to an 11-week lead time!



Product Families To Be Discontinued:


• FLEX 10K, FLEX 10KA, FLEX 10KE, FLEX 6000, FLEX 8000

• MAX 7000, MAX 7000B, MAX 7000S, MAX 9000




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Topics: FPGA, Altera

Intel's Newest Product to Accelerate Deep Neural Networks

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Nov 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

The Intel Deep Learning Inference Accelerator includes both traditional CPU chips and Altera FPGA.

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Topics: FPGA, Altera, xilinx

Microsoft's FPGA Translates Wikipedia in less than a Tenth of a Second

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Oct 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM


     At last week's Ignite conference, Microsoft engineer Doug Burger, head of the company's experimental project, Project Catapult, demonstrated the processing power behind their FPGA powered hardware system.

     In less than a tenth of a second - less time than it takes you to blink - Microsoft's FPGA system translated every article on Wikipedia. That's 3 billion words in less than a tenth of a second.

     Microsoft is already using FPGA to power its search engine. With the advent of next generation FPGA, search capabilities will be faster. Instead of staring at a blank screen for four seconds - while you wait for Bing to run whatever algorithm is there - the standard wait time will be reduced to just 28 milliseconds. Using FPGA in Microsoft Bing started out as an experiment named Project Catapult. Project Catapult used Altera FPGA in PCIe cards to power the hardware behind Bing. The result was a 40 fold speed-up compared to a CPU.

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Topics: FPGA, Altera

FPGA use in Smart Home Appliances

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Mar 28, 2016 3:20:42 PM

     In 2015, the term 'Internet of Things' became a pop-culture term, allowing consumers to imagine a world where with interconnected electronic devices.

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Topics: FPGA, Altera, xilinx

Xilinx Kintex-7 vs Comparable Altera FPGA

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Jan 21, 2016 10:52:43 AM

     When it comes to designing a FPGA board, engineers often face a decision between choosing Xilinx FPGA or Altera...

     Recently, Xilinx offered a comparison between their 7 series family and comparable Altera FPGA. The results from the analysis are as follows:

     Xilinx's newest mid-range series is the Kintex family. Xilinx has focused on the Kintex-7 325T family, and they use the Altera Stratix V series for comparison purposes.

     Parts that fall into these families include:

Xilinx FPGA

Altera FPGA














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Topics: FPGA, Altera, xilinx

Microsoft uses FPGA to power Bing - chooses Altera over Xilinx FPGA

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Dec 15, 2015 3:41:55 PM

     Microsoft debated between using ASICs and FPGA to power their search engines. While FPGA aren't as fast as ASICs, they have the added advantage of being reprogrammable. As the algorithms surrounding Bing change, Microsoft can reprogram their FPGA to mimic these changes.

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Topics: FPGA, Altera, xilinx

Computer Vision Applications in Every Day Items

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Dec 10, 2015 11:09:56 AM

         Compared to other ICs, FPGA have the advantage of being reprogrammable after manufacture. FPGA are fast and efficient at processing data. While they lag behind ASICs when it comes to processing power, FPGA make up for what they lack by being reprogrammable.

     Computer vision applications are offered by all three leading FPGA suppliers including Altera, Xilinx, and Lattice Semiconductor.

     EarthTron is a distributor of both Altera FPGA and Xilinx FPGA. Check out our FPGA part list to see if the part you need is listed.

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Or if you already know what you are looking for, send us a RFQ. We guarantee at least 15% off list prices.

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Topics: FPGA, Altera, xilinx

Applications for Intel's Newest Product: the Xeon + FPGA chip

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Nov 24, 2015 11:07:30 AM

     Intel will ship its first Xeon + Altera FPGA server chip in the first quarter of 2016. Once it is combined with Altera FPGA, Intel's Xeon CPU will offer a 20 time performance boost. 

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Topics: FPGA, Altera, xilinx

Altera Stratix V GX FPGA are PCIe Gen3 Compliant

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Aug 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

     For anyone who is looking for FPGA that are PCIe Gen3 compliant, Altera's 28nm Stratix V FPGA are your best option. Stratix V and PCIe Gen3 can work seamlessly together, making it easier to develop high performance hardware. Other families that are PCIe compliant include Cyclone V and Arria V which can work with Gen1 and Gen2 respectfully.

    Altera's direct memory access (DMA) allows Stratix V customers to seamlessly integrate and design PCIe Gen3 solutions. The Altera FPGA are able to support applications that require high bandwith, system integration, and flexibility, all at a reduced cost with lower total power consumption.

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Topics: FPGA, Altera

FPGA use in Image Processing Applications and Virtual Reality Gaming

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Jul 22, 2015 10:18:35 AM

Image Processing Applications

     Vision-enabled robots are found in a number of different settings. In large-scale factories, these robots are part of machine vision systems. The robots monitor the assembly line to identify, predict, and detect jams. In addition to machine vision applications, robots are also used in repetitive medical surgeries. For example, they are used in laser control settings such as Lasik eye surgery.

      Basic vision-enabled robots are capable of identifying the right object from a number of others that are present. An external camera acquires an image, locates the part, and sends the coordinates of the location as an input, enabling the robot to pick it up and use it.

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Topics: FPGA, Altera, gaming

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