Intel to Launch IoT-Friendly Cyclone 10 FPGAs
Intel has announced two new sets of field-programmable gate arrays designed for use in IoT devices. The Cyclone 10 LP and Cyclone 10 GX FPGAs can operate under low voltage, can easily fit into a large number of devices thanks to their small form factor, and should be available during some time in the second half of 2017. Though named similarly, each set has been designed with a specific use in mind and differ from each other in the way they handle certain tasks.
The Cyclone 10 LP have been designed with low-power Internet of Things applications in mind, like sensor fusion and motor controls. This flavor of Cyclone 10 contains between 6,000 and 120,000 logic elements, DSP blocks with up to 288 18×18 multipliers and 65 to 230 LVDS channels. It’s not designed to handle tasks directly, but rather serve as a gateway to the actual processor, allowing devices that have it to crunch some serious numbers as long as a decent CPU is included as well.
The Cyclone 10 GX, on the other hand, is a little heftier, and is designed for use in a number of smart devices, such as surveillance cameras, robots, machine tools and other industrial applications. It can process up to 134 GFLOPS and has advanced I/O capabilities. The GX has up to 220,000 logic elements and can have as many as 80,330 adaptive logic modules. It can connect to processors easily thanks to its PCIe 2.0 x4 IP block.
Both new Cyclone 10 FPGAs have likely been built on a 20nm process (this has only been confirmed for the GX variant) and should prove highly adaptable to a large number of different devices. As developing for the Internet of Things, among others, is likely to only be growing in popularity as we move forward, it seems that Intel could have a big hit on its hands with the new Cyclone 10.
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