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 18x18 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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Source: Intel

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  • ddriver - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - link

    "IoT" is a marketing moniker, and as such it will go away. Embedded electronics however will not, they will just stop using that silly name. Electronics will only become more widely used as it gets cheaper and available, and sure, many if not even most of those uses will be pointless or even harmful, but it is not going away anytime soon.
  • Yojimbo - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - link

    That's a silly thing to say. It doesn't matter what name gets used and there's nothing wrong with the name "Internet of Things". It's not even a marketing moniker. It's business concept jargon, just like "the Cloud".

    But IoT is more than just embedded electronics. IoT describes intelligent, interconnected devices that provide value through the ability to collect and take advantage of data. They've been talking about it for a while but the technology hasn't been there, yet. From what I see, three things need to happen: 1) processing power in the data center needs to increase, 2) meaningful compute needs to shrink to be able to be embedded in the devices, and 3) all of the devices need access to networking capability. As long as there is enough data center processing power to keep up with the huge amount of data, there is too much value in the data for IoT to not happen.
  • ddriver - Monday, February 20, 2017 - link

    It is marketing hype intended to impress dummies into voluntarily adopting more means to be exploited through. Also, yet another huge security and privacy fiasco, indicating that besides coming up with lame monikers the industry ain't much good at anything.
  • Murloc - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - link

    you're limiting your thinking to the stupid examples given in slides for popular consumption.

    Embedded electronics is nothing new, and connecting it to the internet isn't it either.

    I have a smart controller for the heat pumps at home, which powers them off during peak consumption, using the fact that the temps in the house won't change just because of that.
    It's money spared, it's an IoT device, there is no tinkering involved at all, it's set and forget, and it's one thing that helps handling time-varying power output and consumption in the grid.

    Cams and centrally-controlled traffic lights are IoT as well and obviously useful.
  • ayejay_nz - Monday, February 20, 2017 - link

  • Amandtec - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - link

    Even the dishwasher should be connected. When it starts not cleaning properly I get an email "Sensors tell us you need to unblock the section below the plastic grate". As it stands right now my non-IoT dishwasher is giving me problems. I have no way to know what is wrong leaving me at the mercy of greaseball appliance repairmen. I have concerns about the data that is being collected but I also want the increased utility.
  • ceisserer - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - link

    Rather disappointing, the largest Cyclone-10 provides only about 2/3'of the LEs of the largest Cyclone-V. Seems like Intel is trying to force customers to the more expensive Arria-10 category.
  • logo64 - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - link

    If you guys are tracking FPGAs in IoT and related fields, then you should know that Microsemi also announced their PolarFire FPGAs:
  • Kevin G - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - link

    I wonder how long it'll be before they release a model with an embedded Quark core and manufactured from Intel's own fabs. These are all pure Altera designs that were in the pipeline before the merger.
  • Michael Bay - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - link

    TSMC CLN20SOC indeed looks weird here. By the time this stuff gets out it will be two years since acquisition. What outside of some kind of long-term agreement with TSMC prevents them from using intel fabs? It`s not like they went past 20nm everywhere.

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