Field Programmable Gate Arrays include security features.

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Targeting power- and board space-sensitive applications, Altera® Cyclone® III LS FPGAs are rated at less than 0.25 W of static power for 200 K logic elements. Information-assurance design suite offers anti-tamper, design-security, and design-separation capabilities. To protect highly sensitive information, anti-tamper features include JTAG port protection, tamper monitoring, and cyclical redundancy check. FPGAs also have AES 256-bit encryption key for design security.



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Altera Announces New Cyclone III LS FPGAs



Altera Ships Lowest Power FPGAs With Security Features Including Anti-Tamper, Design-Security and Design-Separation Capabilities

San Jose, Calif., June 29, 2009-Expanding its leadership position in low-power solutions, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced a new low-power FPGA family with security features. The new Altera® Cyclone® III LS FPGAs offer the highest logic, memory, and DSP density per board area. These devices are the lowest power FPGAs at less than 0.25W of static power for 200K logic elements (LEs). The Cyclone III LS FPGAs, which are shipping now, target power and board-space-sensitive applications in all market segments including military and industrial.

The security features of the Cyclone III LS FPGA include a comprehensive information-assurance design suite that offers anti-tamper, design-security and design-separation capabilities. To protect highly sensitive information, the Cyclone III LS FPGAs' anti-tamper features include JTAG port protection, tamper monitoring, and cyclical redundancy check (CRC). Offering another layer of protection, these devices feature a proven industry-standard AES 256-bit encryption key for design security. Where size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements are crucial, the design-separation feature of the Cyclone III LS FPGA enables high-assurance and industrial-safety applications in a single chip through logic, routing and I/O bank separation.

"The secret to the Cyclone series' success has been a strong focus on customer applications, which allows Altera to supply the right mix of low power, high functionality, and small form-factor solutions," said Luanne Schirrmeister, senior director of component product marketing at Altera Corporation. "The introduction of the Cyclone III LS devices extends Altera's low-power leadership and specifically addresses the security needs that are paramount for the military and industrial markets. We're offering a complete solution that protects against IP theft and tampering."

Cyclone III LS FPGAs allow a single-chip solution for next-generation military applications such as software-defined radio (SDR), crypto-subsystems, and crypto modernization equipment where long battery life, density at the lowest power, and small board space are required. The additional security features of the Cyclone III LS FPGAs give designers of secure communications applications the assurance that their information will be protected with anti-tamper technology.

The unique features of the Cyclone III LS FPGA also provide the optimal solution for industrial applications, specifically motion control, Industrial Ethernet, and industrial safety. Using the design-separation feature lowers system power and increases integration while offering design redundancy for safety-critical applications. For detailed information on these new devices, see www.altera.com/pr/cycloneiii.

Availability

Cyclone III LS devices are shipping now. Contact your Altera® sales representative for pricing. All of the Cyclone III LS devices will be supported in the Quartus® II software version 9.0 SP2, see www.altera.com/pr/download.

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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. To subscribe to Altera's RSS/XML news feeds, visit Altera RSS Feeds.

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