[FoRK] Altera Announces Quad-Core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 for Stratix 10 SoCs

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Oct 30 15:13:07 PDT 2013

Nvidia shows Kepler-powered Tegra 5, unprecedented graphics power on mobile
Posted: 18 Oct 2013, 09:12, by Victor H.

Nvidia shows Kepler-powered Tegra 5, unprecedented graphics power on mobile

Nvidia has demonstrated its upcoming Tegra 5 mobile chip with Kepler 
graphics and it’s a true monster. It’s actually the first chip capable 
of rendering a 1080p lifelike model of the human face, the Faceworks 
“Digital Ira” model.

The upcoming Tegra 5 chip is codenamed Logan and built on a 28nm 
manufacturing node. It might be the first one to leapfrog Adreno and 
PowerVR competitors on ARM. We have actually already seen the first 
impressive demos of Logan this summer, but this one is truly impressive.

Nonetheless, this chip is still too power-hungry for mobile devices. The 
developer version of Logan consumes 2-3W of power while final Tegra 5 
for phones should end up optimized to run at at around 1W. However on 
tablets, the Logan with Kepler combo is expected to be more powerful 
than the PlayStation 3. Impressive.


On 10/30/13, 5:10 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> (14 nm modern ARM + DSP + FPGA fabric)
> http://newsroom.altera.com/press-releases/nr-altera-arm-a53.htm
> Altera Announces Quad-Core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 for Stratix 10 SoCs
> Manufactured on Intel’s 14 nm Tri-Gate Process, Altera Stratix® 10 SoCs Will
> Deliver Industry’s Most Versatile Heterogeneous Computing Platform
> Santa Clara, Calif., ARM TechCon, October 29, 2013—Altera Corporation
> (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that its Stratix 10 SoC devices, manufactured
> on Intel’s 14 nm Tri-Gate process, will incorporate a high-performance,
> quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex™-A53 processor system, complementing the device’s
> floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks and high-performance
> FPGA fabric. Coupled with Altera’s advanced system-level design tools,
> including OpenCL, this versatile heterogeneous computing platform will offer
> exceptional adaptability, performance, power efficiency and design
> productivity for a broad range of applications, including data center
> computing acceleration, radar systems and communications infrastructure.
> The ARM Cortex-A53 processor, the first 64-bit processor used on a SoC FPGA,
> is an ideal fit for use in Stratix 10 SoCs due to its performance, power
> efficiency, data throughput and advanced features. The Cortex-A53 is among
> the most power efficient of ARM’s application-class processors, and when
> delivered on the 14 nm Tri-Gate process will achieve more than six times more
> data throughput compared to today’s highest performing SoC FPGAs. The
> Cortex-A53 also delivers important features, such as virtualization support,
> 256TB memory reach and error correction code (ECC) on L1 and L2 caches.
> Furthermore, the Cortex-A53 core can run in 32-bit mode, which will run
> Cortex-A9 operating systems and code unmodified, allowing a smooth upgrade
> path from Altera’s 28 nm and 20 nm SoC FPGAs.
> “ARM is pleased to see Altera adopting the lowest power 64-bit architecture
> as an ideal complement to DSP and FPGA processing elements to create a
> cutting-edge heterogeneous computing platform,” said Tom Cronk, executive
> vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. “The Cortex-A53
> processor delivers industry-leading power efficiency and outstanding
> performance levels, and it is supported by the ARM ecosystem and its
> innovative software community.”
> Leveraging Intel’s 14 nm Tri-Gate process and an enhanced high-performance
> architecture, Altera Stratix 10 SoCs will have a programmable-logic
> performance level of more than 1GHz; two times the core performance of
> current high-end 28 nm FPGAs.
> “High-end networking and communications infrastructure are rapidly migrating
> toward heterogeneous computing architectures to achieve maximum system
> performance and power efficiency,” said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at
> The Linley Group, a leading embedded research firm. “What Altera is doing
> with its Stratix 10 SoC, both in terms of silicon convergence and high-level
> design tool support, putsthe company at the forefront of delivering
> heterogeneous computing platforms and positions them well to capitalize on
> myriad opportunities.”
> By standardizing on ARM processors across its three-generation SoC portfolio,
> Altera will offer software compatibility and a common ARM ecosystem of tools
> and operating system support. Embedded developers will be able to accelerate
> debug cycles with Altera’s SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) featuring the ARM
> Development Studio 5 (DS-5™) Altera® Edition toolkit, the industry’s only
> FPGA-adaptive debug tool, as well as use Altera’s software development kit
> (SDK) for OpenCL to create heterogeneous implementations using the OpenCL
> high-level design language.
> “With Stratix 10 SoCs, designers will have a versatile and powerful
> heterogeneous compute platform enabling them to innovate and get to market
> faster,” said Danny Biran, senior vice president, corporate strategy and
> marketing at Altera. “This will be very exciting for customers as converged
> silicon continues to be the best solution for complex, high-performance
> applications.”
> About Altera
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> rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their
> markets. Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, ASICs and complementary
> technologies, such as power management, to provide high-value solutions to
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