September 12, 2011 -- Altera Corp. today announced its new Arria V (EPE) tool in conjunction with the "How Low Can You Go with Arria V FPGAs?" drawing. The Arria V EPE lets designers quickly and accurately evaluate a system's power consumption, thereby accelerating development time and meeting power budgets.
U.S. system designers can enter to win the grand prize of an Arria V FPGA Development Kit, or biweekly drawings for a BeMicro Development Kit or an Altera polo shirt just by submitting an Arria V EPE estimate spreadsheet by December 19, 2011. See the drawing rules on the Altera website for eligibility, conditions and submission instructions. This drawing is valid only to residents of the continental United States.
The Arria V EPE estimates current draw and power consumption, which can be modeled based on the real system's operating conditions, board-type profiles and cooling techniques. The tool outputs not only the total power consumption, but also the power used by each set of elements in the FPGA, the static power, current consumed by each power rail, the junction temperature, and the theta JA, representing the thermal efficiency of the FPGA.
By trying out the Arria V EPE, system designers can determine just how low their power can go using Arria V FPGAs. To start, users download the Arria V EPE and input the design parameters such as logic, clock frequency and I/Os. The tool then will quickly estimate the power requirements the proposed design will consume. This estimate lets designers accurately evaluate the power-consumption savings that can be achieved using Arria V FPGAs. In addition, designers can see how Altera used the Arria V EPE to benchmark power consumption and get tips on how to model a design at the Arria V FPGA Power Wiki.
Arria V FPGAs deliver the lowest total power for midrange applications with an optimized balance between power, performance and price, based on Altera's tailored approach to the 28-nm device portfolio. This approach meets unique design requirements because a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for increasingly complex designs. Altera's 28LP process provides the ability to have the lowest static power for midrange FPGAs and receive high system performance from a fast FPGA fabric, fast I/Os and fast transceiver data rates. The Arria V architecture has been tailored to maintain current performance while providing a large power savings.
Go to the Altera Corp. website to find additional information.