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October 12, 2012 - Featuring 36 backplane-capable transceivers that operate at up to 12.5 Gbps, 28 nm Arria® V GZ FPGA is suited for remote radio units, LTE wireless communication equipment, in-studio mixers, and 10 G/40 G line cards. Device includes hardened PCI Express® Gen3 protocol stacks, soft IP-based memory controllers, and 4 separate DDR3 DIMM interfaces at 72 bits wide operating at 1,600 Mbps. Anti-tamper features include AES and both on-board and off-board key programming.

Altera Corp.

101 Innovation Drive, San Jose, CA, 95134, USA

Original Press Release

Altera Introduces Industry's Highest-Bandwidth 28 nm Midrange FPGA

Press release date: October 8, 2012

Arria V GZ Extends Altera's Midrange FPGA Family to Meet the Demand for Increased Bandwidth in Broadcast and Communications Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced it has expanded its 28 nm portfolio with the introduction of the Arria® V GZ variant, incorporating the company's industry-leading transceiver technology and delivering an overall core performance boost of more than two speed grades, or 30 percent. This latest variant from Altera is designed to meet the demand for more bandwidth in communications and broadcast applications. Arria V GZ FPGAs feature 36 backplane-capable transceivers that can operate at speeds up to 12.5 Gbps and enable of a variety of protocols. In addition, the variant features four separate DDR3 DIMM interfaces at 72 bits wide, operating at 1600 Mbps. The combination of transceivers, fabric performance and quantity of available off-chip memory interfaces in Arria V GZ is unique for midrange FPGAs.

"Customers face many challenges when designing high-performance systems, including the need to balance power and performance while increasing bandwidth to off-chip memory," said Patrick Dorsey, senior director of component product marketing at Altera Corporation. "The Arria V GZ variant provides both the high-speed serial transceivers and the external memory capability that designers need to build today's bandwidth-hungry data processing systems."

Additional features of Arria V GZ devices include:

--  First midrange FPGAs to feature hardened PCI Express® Gen3 protocol stacks
--  Soft intellectual property (IP)-based memory controllers allowing for maximum flexibility
--  Most digital signal processing (DSP) in a midrange FPGA for high integration
--  Industry-leading, anti-tamper features, including enhanced advanced encryption standard (AES) and easy-to-use on-board and off-board key programming

About Arria V FPGAs
Altera's 28 nm Arria V FPGAs consume 40 percent less power than the prior generation, and enable the industry's lowest power transceivers in midrange FPGAs. Arria V FPGAs deliver the lowest total power while providing optimized performance for midrange applications, such as remote radio units, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless communication equipment, in-studio mixers, and 10G/40G line cards.

About the 28 nm Portfolio
Altera's 28 nm FPGA portfolio provides customers clearly differentiated solutions across the Cyclone® V, Arria V, and Stratix® V FPGA families and the HardCopy® V ASIC family. For more information on Altera's 28 nm product portfolio, visit www.altera.com/28nmportfolio.

Pricing and Availability
Arria V GZ FPGAs are available now and are supported in Quartus® II software v12.1. For more information, video content is available at www.altera.com/arriav. Additional information about Altera's 28 nm product portfolio, including Arria V, Cyclone V and Stratix V FPGAs, can be found at www.altera.com/devices. For pricing information, readers should contact their local Altera sales representative.

About Altera
Altera® programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate, and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGA, CPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Facebook, RSS and Twitter.

ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS and STRATIX words and logos are trademarks of Altera Corporation and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other words and logos identified as trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective holders as described at www.altera.com/legal .

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