Altera to Migrate Stratix FPGAs to 300-mm Wafer, 0.13-Micron Process

4/9/2003 - On the heels of a very successful 0.13-micron ramp, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced its plans to migrate the popular StratixTM FPGA family to 300-mm wafer technology. Transitioning the Stratix device family to 300-mm wafers is scheduled for the second half of 2003, while the CycloneTM and Stratix GX device families will migrate early in 2004. This move will provide a better, long-term cost structure and additional fabrication capacity as the Stratix device family continues its production ramp ahead of anticipated demand.

"We feel that we have struck the right balance in semiconductor processes by introducing advanced technologies to our customers without exposing them to unnecessary risk," said Tim Colleran, vice president of product marketing at Altera. "To reinforce that position, it was important that we first establish a stable 200-mm process on the 0.13-micron process node with reliable yields before taking on the added complexity of 300-mm technology."

To date, Altera has shipped nearly 100,000 units based on TSMC's 0.13-micron process, representing 13 different types of devices. Of these devices, 11 are fully production qualified. Altera credits the success of its 0.13-micron rollout to its decision to introduce all-copper interconnects at the 0.15-micron process node, followed by the introduction of its first 0.13-micron devices in December 2001. Thanks to this methodical approach and close collaboration with TSMC, the rollout of the Stratix device family has been Altera's fastest to date.

Customers will receive complete details on the transition of the Stratix device family to 300-mm wafers. This will include a process change notification (PCN) to customers, qualification and reliability data, and a white paper summarizing the process differences, ordering information, and a detailed production schedule.

About the Stratix Device Family
The Stratix device family is the industry's first family of production-qualified FPGAs built on a 0.13-micron, all-layer copper process. Featuring embedded DSP blocks, on-board memory, and support for leading edge and emerging I/O standards, the Stratix device family gives designers the performance and densities they need to meet the challenges of high-bandwidth system design. For more information about the Stratix device family, visit

About the Cyclone Device Family
Built from the ground up to ensure the lowest possible cost, Cyclone devices are the industry's lowest-cost FPGAs available today. Built on the advanced 0.13-micron, all-layer copper process, Altera developed the Cyclone device family to provide designers of high-volume, price-sensitive applications the flexibility of an FPGA at ASIC prices. With support for leading edge and emerging I/O standards, the Cyclone device family includes on-board memory and other features to put FPGA technology in the hands of designers developing volume-driven applications in the automotive, consumer, and computing markets. For more information about the Cyclone device family, visit

About the Stratix GX Device Family
The Stratix GX device family is Altera's second-generation embedded transceiver family based on a 0.13-micron process technology with 1.5-V core voltage. Stratix GX devices have up to 20 embedded 3.125-Gbps transceivers and up to 45 differential I/O pins with dedicated dynamic phase alignment (DPA) capability supporting up to 1-Gbps source-synchronous data transfers. For more information about the Stratix GX device family, visit

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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