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Intel launches standalone FPGA company Altera

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Founded in 1983, Altera was acquired by Intel in 2015. Since then, it has been known as Intel's Programmable Solutions Group (PSG). Now, Altera is back as a standalone company. Its portfolio of products includes solutions for the defense industry, data centers, embedded and edge applications, communications, and more.

Started in 1983 by four veterans of the semiconductor industry with $500,000 in seed money, Altera entered a long-term partnership with Intel the following year. One decade later, it acquired Inte's PLD business for $50 million. In September 2000, Altera also acquired Northwest Logic in an attempt to expand its ability to deliver complete SoC designs. However, Intel acquired Altera at the end of 2015.

After becoming a part of Intel, Altera became a new business unit under the Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) name. However, Intel announced its intention to turn PSG into a separate company in early 2024. Last month, the chip maker announced the return of Altera. This week, Altera finally returns as a standalone FPGA company.

According to Intel, "Altera's solutions are optimized to target a broad range of markets and use cases, ranging from networking and communications infrastructure to low-power embedded applications." The list of new products announced includes the following:

  • Agilex 9, aimed at radar and military-aerospace applications;
  • Agilex 7 F-series and I-series (data center, networking, and defense);
  • Agilex 5 (AI-enabled FPGA fabric targeting embedded and edge applications); 
  • Agilex 3, an upcoming low-power line of FPGAs for cloud, communications, and intelligent edge applications.

In addition to delivering next-gen solutions that would fully exploit the power of AI, Altera also aims to further refine evolving standards such as PCI Express, CXL, Ethernet, and 6G wireless.

Those interested in finding good Intel deals can go for the new Intel Core i7-14700K desktop processor, which sports a total of 20 cores alongside integrated graphics and is currently 14% off on Amazon, so it can be acquired for $399.99 instead of $464.99.

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Codrut Nistor, 2024-03-12 (Update: 2024-03-12)