How have Cyclone III FPGAs been optimized for low cost?
Cyclone III FPGAs take advantage of the benefits of 65-nm technology (small die size, high density, and low cost) with up to three speed grades higher performance than competing low-cost FPGAs. Cyclone III devices also use staggered I/O rings to reduce die size and board space. A wide selection of low-cost packaging options and support for low-cost configuration devices also enable Altera to offer the lowest cost FPGA solution. Altera’s ability to quickly move Cyclone III devices into high volume also contributes to the device family’s low cost. Altera’s strategy is to be first to volume on new product announcements, giving you the highest quality products when you want them, and in the quantity you need. Altera works in close collaboration with foundry partner TSMC to solve all critical issues, including design for manufacturability (DFM) and performance optimization, early in the life of each new process. Together, the design and process teams work to overcome the technological chall