Memory and Storage

Altera Demos High Performance DDR4 FPGAs

18 December 2014

Altera Corp. today said it is demonstrating field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with DDR4 memory interfaces operating at 2,666 Mbps.

Altera claims that its Arria 10 FPGAs and system-on-chips (SoCs) are the first devices that support DDR4 memory at this data rate and that will deliver a 43 percent improvement in memory performance over previous generations and a 10 percent improvement in memory performance over competing 20nm products.

Altera said the high performance memory FPGAs can be used in current and future generations of applications in the communications, compute, storage and video processing markets. The 2,666 Mbps DDR4-capable Arria 10 devices are compatible with Altera’s Quartus II software.

Raj Patel, senior manager of midrange products at Altera, said in a statement the need for faster DDR4 memory data rates was a result of the company trying to “meet our customers’ evolving system requirements” as a result of “tremendous growth in data volume.”

Altera is currently shipping samples of the Arria 10 FPGAs with the high performance memory.

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