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Altera Receives Global FPGA Technology Innovation Leadership Award From Frost & Sullivan

2015/12/16Altera  Logic/PLD


Award Highlights the Company’s Innovation Implementing Hard Floating Point DSP Blocks in FPGAs to Offer Greater Throughput and Efficiency in High Performance Computing


San Jose, Calif., —October 29, 2015—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) has received the Global FPGA Technology Innovation Leadership Award from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, ranking Altera above its competitors in the categories of technology attributes, and  future business value. The award highlights Altera’s implementation of IEEE 754 single-precision hardened floating point DSP (digital signal processing) blocks in its Arria® 10 FPGAs--enabling a processing rate of up to 1.5 TFLOPS (Tera floating point operations per second) offering greater energy efficiency and productivity in digital system design. Altera’s programmable devices enable customers to optimize their designs in big data and search applications, data center acceleration, military communications and high performance computing, which need more precise calculations. Download the award summary report at

 Frost & Sullivan research analyst and collaborator on the report Viswam Sathiyanarayanan stated, “While many semiconductor companies have attempted to implement floating point operators into FPGAs, they reported to Frost & Sullivan they have not been successful in delivering efficient performance, reducing power consumption, and increasing speed at the same time. Some of the competing DSP systems and GPUs (graphic processing units) provide support for floating point calculation, but Altera’s Generation 10 FPGAs deliver this capability along with the ubiquitous connectivity and hardware flexibility available with FPGAs.”

The Global FPGA Technology Innovation Leadership Award is awarded under the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards Program, which recognizes best-in-class products, companies and individuals.

“We are honored to be recognized for our technology leadership in delivering the first FPGAs and SoCs with hardened floating point operators,” said Alex Grbic, senior director of software, IP and DSP marketing at Altera. “With this innovation, Altera FPGAs and SoCs offer a performance and power efficiency advantage over microprocessors and GPUs in an expanded range of applications.”

The research also calls out Altera’s industry-leading Quartus® II software tools, the Altera SDK for Open CL™, and Stratix® 10 FPGA with its HyperFlex™ architecture.

 To learn more about Altera’s IEEE 754 single-precision hardened floating point DSP blocks in Arria® 10 FPGAs, visit

About Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards 
 Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies throughout a range of regional and global markets for superior leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Frost & Sullivan's industry analyst team benchmarks market participants and measures their performance through independent, primary interviews, and secondary industry research in order to evaluate and identify best practices.

 Frost & Sullivan's intent is to help drive innovation, excellence and a positive change in the global economy by recognizing best-in-class products, companies and individuals.

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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