Altera Demonstrates Security and System Acceleration Solutions at MILCOM 2015

Altera 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs Meet NSA IAD Secure Implementation Guidelines (SIG)

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is demonstrating programmable logic-based security and system acceleration solutions for military grid communications, data centers, satellite communications and radar systems at MILCOM 2015 in Tampa, Florida, from October 26 to 28, 2015.  Show attendees can see firsthand (Booth #1007) how Altera IP, FPGA, and SoC solutions enable product developers to address security and system acceleration requirements and control power consumption in a variety of military, aerospace and government communications systems.

Demonstrations from Altera and its ecosystem partners include the following technologies:

    --  A synthetic aperture radar (SAR) back-projection algorithm running on an

        Altera 20 nm Arria® 10 FPGA, using the Altera OpenCL™ SDK flow and

        hardened IEEE 754-compliant DSP blocks for radar back-end processing

    --  Hardware and software security-hardened crypto accelerators

    --  A Snort neuromorphic processor demonstration running on Nallatech's 385A

        Arria 10-based accelerator card for a 100-times performance gain in

        cyber security applications

    --  A software-defined radio (SDR) and SatCom development kit based on an

        Arria 10 SoC, Enpirion® PowerSoCs, and Lime Microsystems'

        field-programmable radio frequency MIMO transceiver, with real-time

        spectrum analyzer and 802.11 demonstrations

    --  A wideband SDR solution from 70MHz to 6GHz using an Altera Cyclone® V

        SoC and Analog Devices' AD9361 HSMC

    --  Several complete cognitive radio solution demonstrations from front-end

        tactical handhelds/portables to rack-mount systems, using the RedHawk

        SDR architecture and hardware acceleration with an OpenCL flow

    --  An ultra-wideband channelizer with JESD204B interface and signal

        generator feeding into a multi-GSPS (giga-samples per second)

        analog-to-digital converter (ADC)

    --  Multiple COTS subsystems and SOM modules from Altera ecosystem partners

Altera 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs Meet NSA IAD SIG Document Guidelines

Bolstering its support for military and government applications, Altera has completed the NSA's Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) Secure Implementation Guidelines (SIG) process for 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs. This document provides unified government recommendations on the use of security settings in Altera FPGA and SoC products and how these products can be used most securely to mitigate security threats in system designs. The NSA IAD SIG describes design and data security features unique to Altera 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs and provides guidelines for security policies based on typical scenarios. NSA IAD SIG documents are now available from the NSA for Altera's 28 nm and 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs. Altera is also working with the NSA IAD on SIG documents for 14 nm FPGAs and SoCs.

About Altera Military Solutions

Altera offers programmable logic solutions that are well-suited for military communications systems design including, Altera Stratix® 10, featuring the HyperFlex™ architecture, and Secure Device Manager (SDM) providing the industry's most comprehensive FPGA and SoC security capabilities. Arria 10 FPGAs are the industry's first 20 nm floating-point FPGAs featuring hardened IEEE754-compliant DSP blocks. Altera also offers systems designers the MAX® 10 family, the first single-chip FPGAs to combine non-volatile, instant-on capabilities and dual-configuration support, and Enpirion PowerSoCs for addressing today's and tomorrow's system power design challenges. To learn more about these and other FPGA-based system-level solutions for military and government, go to

About Altera

Altera® programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGA, SoC, CPLD, and complementary technologies, such as power solutions to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide. Visit Altera at

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