Altera breaks industry record for most transistors on an IC

Altera today issued a press release announcing that it set an industry milestone in semiconductor technology by delivering the most transistors ever packed onto an integrated circuit. Altera’s 28-nm Stratix┬« V FPGAs are the semiconductor industry’s first devices to feature 3.9 billion transistors.

“Altera surpassed the known record for transistors when it taped out Stratix V FPGAs at the end of 2010,” said Bradley Howe, vice president of IC engineering at Altera. “Maintaining the rapid pace set by Moore’s Law has allowed programmable logic to remain at the forefront of driving innovations in semiconductor technology. Achieving milestones like this continue to propel FPGAs to new heights of capacity and performance while delivering significantly higher levels of integration.”

Altera indicates that samples are available, but given its FBGA packaging there appears little for the hobbyist developer to work with here.

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  1. Not only is it not suited for hobbyists, I really doubt that Altera is going to give out chips that cost several thousands of dollars a piece to everyone.

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