Altera and Intel have announced a partnership to create next-generation field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA).
The technology firms have agreed the future manufacture of Altera FPGAs on Intel's 14nm tri-gate transistor technology, which will target ultra high-performance systems for military, wireline communications, cloud networking, and compute and storage applications.
The new 14nm range of products will be added to the previously announced 20nm next-generation technologies already planned.
"Altera's FPGAs using Intel 14nm technology will enable customers to design with the most advanced, highest-performing FPGAs in the industry," said John Daane, president, CEO and chairman of Altera.
"In addition, Altera gains a tremendous competitive advantage at the high end in that we are the only major FPGA company with access to this technology."
Altera said they hoped the move will allow them to deliver on the promise of silicon convergence – to integrate hardware and software programmability, microprocessors, digital signal processing and application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) capability into a single device – and deliver a more flexible and economical alternative to traditional ASICs and application-specific standard products.
"We look forward to collaborating with Altera on manufacturing leading-edge FPGAs, leveraging Intel's leadership in process technology," said Brian Krzanich, chief operating officer, Intel.
"Next-generation products from Altera require the highest performance and most power-efficient technology available, and Intel is well positioned to provide the most advanced offerings."