Intel will build FPGAs for Altera using its 14-nm FinFET process
technology. The first 14 nm products are expected to be ready in
These next-generation products, which target ultra high-performance
systems for military, wireline communications, cloud networking,
and compute and storage applications, ware expected to enable new
levels of performance and power efficiencies.
"Altera's FPGAs using Intel 14 nm technology will enable customers
to design with the most advanced, highest-performing FPGAs in the
industry," said John Daane, president, CEO and chairman of Altera.
"In addition, Altera gains a tremendous competitive advantage at
the high end in that we are the only major FPGA company with access
to this technology."
Altera's next-generation products will now include 14nm, in
addition to previously announced 20nm technologies, extending the
company's tailored product portfolio.
Adding Intel to its foundation of suppliers and partners furthers
Altera's ability to deliver on the promise of silicon convergence;
to integrate hardware and software programmability,
microprocessors, digital signal processing, and ASIC capability
into a single device; and deliver a more flexible and economical
alternative to traditional ASICs and ASSPs.
Using multi-die chip stacks, Altera currently ships an FPGA that
packs 1.2 million logic elements, lagging a similar chip from its
rival Xilinx with 2 million logic elements.
Altera said it would continue to make other chips at TSMC and
conduct ongoing evaluations of other processes as they develop.
Currently, Intel is making chips in its 22nm FinFET process for
FPGA startups Achronix and Tablua, and network processor maker
Intel will have its 14nm process in production later this year.
Globalfoundries also plans to make a 14nm process available some
time in 2014.