Altera Offers New Packaging for Stratix Device Family

2/11/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced the addition of new packaging options for the StratixTM EP1S40 and EP1S80 devices, offering system developers more flexibility in their designs, enabling vertical migration among devices utilizing either of the two packages. The Stratix EP1S80 device will be available in the 33 x 33 mm, 1,020-pin FineLine BGA® package, and the Stratix EP1S40 device will be available in the 29 x 29 mm, 780-pin FineLine BGA package. Both devices are currently supported in the Quartus® II version 2.2, service pack 1, design software.

"The strong demand for Stratix FPGAs has prompted Altera to offer additional packaging options, allowing designers to migrate further within the Stratix device family without necessitating a re-spin of their printed circuit board," said Steve Mensor, senior director of new product marketing at Altera. "Our vertical migration strategy offers design teams the flexibility of choosing the best device for their application, and gives customers the ability to offer increased functionality in their next-generation products by moving to a larger Stratix device without requiring a board spin."

The EP1S40 and the EP1S80 devices will be available in the thermally-enhanced flip-chip F780 and F1020 pin packages, respectively. The EP1S40 device will be offered in -5, -6 and -7 speed grades, while the EP1S80 device will be available in -6 and -7 speed grades. The F780 package supports vertical migration between the EP1S10 device up to and including the EP1S40 device. The F1020 package supports vertical migration between the EP1S25 device up to and including the EP1S80 device. The midsize EP1S40 device, with 41,250 logic elements (LEs), features 3.2 Mbits of TriMatrixTM memory and 14 digital signal processing (DSP) blocks. The EP1S80 device, with 79,040 LEs, offers 7.2 Mbits of TriMatrix memory and 22 DSP blocks.

Device Availability and Pricing
Production versions of the EP1S40 F780 and EP1S80 F1020 devices are expected to be available in April 2003. The EP1S40 device in the F780 package will be priced starting at $300 for quantities of 10,000 units in the late-2003 timeframe. The EP1S80 device in the F1020 package will be priced starting at $750 for quantities of 5,000 units in the late-2003 timeframe. For more information on Stratix device availability, please visit:

Software Support
The new EP1S40 F780 and EP1S80 F1020 device package offerings are supported in Altera's Quartus II version 2.2, service pack 1, design software. The service pack provides compilation and pin-out support for both new packages, enabling customers to start designing with the new Stratix packages today. Customers can download the Stratix pin-out information from the Altera web site at

About Stratix
Stratix devices are based on a 1.5-V, 0.13-micron, all-layer copper SRAM process, with densities ranging from 10,570 to 114,140 LEs and up to 10 Mbits of RAM. Stratix devices offer up to 28 DSP blocks with up to 224 embedded multipliers, optimized for DSP applications that require intensive data processing. Stratix devices support various differential I/O electrical standards such as the LVDS, LVPECL, PCML, and HyperTransportTM standards, as well as high-speed interfaces including the UTOPIA IV, SPI-4 Phase 2, SFI-4, 10G Ethernet XSBI, RapidIOTM, HyperTransport, and other interfaces. Stratix devices also offer a complete clock management solution with its hierarchical clock structure and up to 12 phase-locked loops (PLLs). More technical information about the Stratix device family is available at

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

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