Altera Announces MAX Roadmap with 3.3-V, ISP-Capable Michelangelo Family
Altera recently unveiled plans for the next-generation MAX programmable logic device (PLD) family, code-named Michelangelo. Expected to begin shipping in 1998, Michelangelo devices will range from 32 to 1,008 macrocells, will operate at 3.3-V, and will offer in-system programmability (ISP).
Altera plans to manufacture Michelangelo devices on a 0.35-micron, quad-layer metal EEPROM process. These devices will operate at a 3.3-V core voltage level, and with Altera's MultiVolt interface, Michelangelo devices will be able to interface with 5-V, 3.3-V, or 2.5-V devices. The advanced process and 3.3-V core voltage can improve performance and reduce power consumption by 40%.
Vertical pin migration and architectural similarities will make it easy for MAX 7000 and MAX 9000 designers to implement designs in Michelangelo devices. Altera plans to make 32-, 64-, 128-, and 256-macrocell Michelangelo devices pin-compatible with the popular 5-V MAX 7000S family, allowing you to begin designing with 5-V MAX 7000S device and later migrate to 3.3-V Michelangelo devices.
Planned features include:
ISP Provides Flexibility
All members of the Michelangelo family will be 3.3-V ISP-capable and provide superior pin-locking capability. You will be able to program Michelangelo devices with automatic test equipment (ATE), embedded processors, or Altera programming hardware. ISP enables in-field upgrades, reducing the need for expensive equipment reworking (see the figure below).
Altera's MultiVolt interface will allow you to seamlessly incorporate Michelangelo devices with devices of varying voltage levels. Today's printed circuit boards are often a mix of conventional 5-V devices and 3.3-V devices. The central interface device--often a high-density PLD--must be able to connect with these different devices. MultiVolt-enhanced Michelangelo devices will run on 3.3-V, and will have I/O pins that are compatible with 5-V, 3.3-V, or 2.5-V logic levels.
Michelangelo Family Members
Altera expects the Michelangelo family to contain from 32 to 1,008 macrocells in a variety of packages, including plastic J-lead chip carrier (PLCC), quad flat pack (QFP), and ball-grid array (BGA) packages (see Tables 1 and 2). Michelangelo devices will be supported by Altera's industry leading MAX+PLUS II development system. Currently in the design phase, the first Michelangelo devices are planned for the first half of 1998.
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