Intel Announces Cyclone 10 FPGAs for IoT Devices

Intel this week has announced its new portfolio of FPGAs designed for small form-factor and/or low-power Internet-of-Things devices, specifically in the fields of automotive, industrial, audio/visual and vision applications. The Cyclone 10 GX and Cyclone 10 LP FPGAs formally belong to a single family of products, but both have different capabilities and were developed for different needs.

The Intel Cyclone 10 GX FPGAs are designed for applications that need relatively high performance (up to 134 GFLOPS, IEEE 754 single-precision) and advanced I/O capabilities. The new FPGAs contain up to 220,000 logic elements, up to 80,330 adaptive logic modules (ALMs) with 8-input look-up tables (LUT), support 10 G transceivers as well as a PCIe 2.0 x4 IP block to connect to CPUs and other devices. Among devices that will use the Cyclone 10 GX FPGAs Intel names industrial machine vision, smart city surveillance, video streaming, robotics, machine tools and other devices. The 10 GX family is made on TSMC’s 20nmSoC planar process, in line with what we perhaps expect as Intel is working through Altera roadmaps set before the acquisition.

By contrast, the Intel Cyclone 10 LP FPGAs are aimed at low-power/low-cost applications, such as sensor fusion, motor controls, interfacing, I/O expansion for CPUs and so on. For example, if an application needs to combine data from multiple sensors, the Cyclone 10 LP will do the job, but the actual processing will be performed by something more powerful. The FPGAs contain 6,000 120,000 logic elements, DSP blocks (up to 288 18×18 multipliers), integrated PLLs, 65 230 LVDS channels and so on.

Both families of the Cyclone 10 FPGAs are compliant with the IEC 61508 machinery directive safety standard (in fact, Intel says that it is the first FPGA vendor to obtain the appropriate device and tool qualification), which in case of a chip probably indicates its reliability during continuous operation.

Intel Cyclone 10 FPGAs
Cyclone 10 GX Cyclone 10 LP
Logic elements (LEs) 85,000 220,000 6,000 120,000
Adaptive logic modules (ALMs) 31,000 80,330
ALM registers 124,000 321,320
Variable-precision DSP blocks 84 192
18 x 19 multipliers 168 384
18 x 18 multipliers 15 288
Peak fixed-point peformance (GMACS) 151 346
Peak floating-point performance (GFLOPS) 59 134
Voltage Core voltage: 0.9 V
I/O Voltage: Various
1.0 and 1.2 V
Process Technology 20 nm (TSMC CLN20SOC) unknown
Global clock networks 32 10 20
Maximum user I/O pins 192 284 176 525
Maximum LVDS pairs 1.4 Gbps (RX or TX) 72 118
Maximum LVDS channels 65 230
Maximum transceiver count (10.3 Gbps) 4 12
Maximum 3V I/O pins 48
PCIe 2.0 x4 hard IP blocks 1
Memory devices supported DDR3, DDR3L, LPDDR3
E144 pin 22 x 22 mm, 0.5 mm pitch
M164 pin 8 x 8 mm, 0.5 mm pitch
U256 pin 14 x 14 mm, 0.8 mm pitch
U484 pin 19 x 19 mm, 0.8 mm pitch
F484 pin 23 x 23 mm, 1.0 mm pitch
F672 pin 27 x 27 mm, 1.0 mm pitch
F780 pin 29 x 29 mm, 1.0 mm pitch

Intel’s Cyclone 10-series FPGAs, as well as evaluation kits and boards on their base, will be available in the second half of 2017. In addition to hardware, Intel also plans to release its Quartus programming software that supports the new FPGAs.


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