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Altera Announces New Multifunctional, Low Cost Single-Chip FPGA

All along, FPGA programmable devices are mainly used in more professional application fields such as communication equipment or industrial control. However, with the increase in the use requirements of different industries, the application level of FPGA devices is constantly expanding. Recently, Altera launched a MAX 10 low-end FPGA chip, and based on this, Junlong Technology Co., Ltd. released the “Mpression Odyssey” IoT development kit and motor drive solution based on Altera MAX 10. Different application markets bring differentiated industry solutions. Altera's MAX 10 FPGAs provide advanced processing capabilities in low-cost, single-chip, instantaneous power-on programmable logic devices, making it the industry's first multifunctional, low-cost single-chip FPGA.

Jay Lu, Product Marketing Manager of Altera Corporation, said: "The MAX 10 integrates non-volatile features, and has two internal flashes, called flashes with dual mirror configuration. At the same time, it also integrates analog-to-digital conversion modules to support embedded Soft core NiosII, as well as embedded RAM and DSP. "In addition, MAX 10 FPGAs also support off-chip DDR3 external memory interfaces, integrating multiple security features, including different power supply options available to customers. Traditional FPGAs may There are only two nuclear voltage power supplies, but the MAX 10 can choose a single power supply and one power supply method, which greatly simplifies the power supply design on the manufacturer's board. According to reports, the application fields of MAX 10 FPGAs are mainly targeted at three major markets: industrial, communications, and automotive electronics, such as motor control, machine vision and robotics, robotic arm control, in-vehicle entertainment systems, automotive assisted driving, and electric vehicles. In the key application area of the traditional FPGA in the communication industry, you can also use MAX 10 FPGAs to expand or do some interface conversions in order to play a greater role in power management. It is also reported that the MAX 10 FPGA 8K and 50K samples have been released and will be mass-produced in the second, third and fourth quarters of this year.

FPGA devices can process multiple tasks in parallel, and the performance advantage of strong real-time performance is more and more popular among users in the construction of the Internet of Things. At the same time, in response to the special needs of IoT applications for low power consumption and the application requirements for wireless transmission and sensor technology, based on MAX 10 FPGA devices, Junlong Technology has recently developed a development and evaluation kit specifically designed for IoT applications. -"Mpression Odyssey".

The development kit consists of two motherboards: a MAX 10 FPGA board and a Bluetooth and sensor board. The MAX 10 FPGA board uses Altera's MAX10 as the core, with 30-pin expansion interface, coin cell battery interface, JTAG debug interface, various switches / buttons and 8 LEDs. The Bluetooth and sensor board integrates a Bluetooth 4.0 module, a 32-bit processor, temperature / humidity sensor, UV / photosensitive / distance sensor and acceleration sensor.

On the other hand, the “Mpression Odyssey” development kit can also provide a variety of FPGA designs and MCU codes. Users can personalize settings in mobile phone applications to quickly experience the various features of MAX10 and sensors. Users can also change the channel name and set read and write parameters in the application to easily create a customized IoT application without writing any code. Users can also install dedicated applications on iOS and Android phones, directly Bluetooth interface reads and writes data, analyzes data, and remotely controls.

For the motor solution, the network communication protocol and the accuracy of the motor's running position and speed are important indicators. In addition, a new current requirement is support for high current.

Another industrial solution launched by Junlong Technology based on MAX10 FPGA is its new generation motor drive solution. The system implements the core of the motor control algorithm through FPGA. A revolutionary qualitative leap. Using FPGAs instead of traditional CPU / DSP architectures to implement algorithms means that all algorithms will be implemented in hardware, so that algorithms that cannot be implemented in the CPU due to processing power limitations can now be easily implemented in MAX 10 FPGAs .

It is particularly worth mentioning that Altera's MAX 10 supports industrial Ethernet interfaces such as EtherCAT, Powerlink, Mechatrolink and encoder interfaces such as Endat 2.2 and BISS. Users can implement flexible and customizable interfaces in this solution. This solution also provides a customizable debugging interface. Customers can customize their own debugging interface according to their own needs and observe internal signals in real time.


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