Altera Corp. in San Jose, Calif., has started shipping its 40-nanometer field-programmable gate array (FPGA) called the Stratix IV for military, communications, broadcast, test, and medical applications. The first device available is the EP4SGX230, offering 230K logic elements (LEs), 36 embedded transceivers operating as fast as 8.5 gigabits per second, 17 megabits of RAM, and 1,288 embedded multipliers. The devices support DDR3 memory interface speeds of 1067 megabits per second. Stratix IV GX FPGAs have as many as 48 transceivers operating as fast as 8.5 gigabits per second for next-generation, high-bandwidth communication infrastructure. Programmable Power Technology enables every programmable logic array block (LAB), digital signal processing (DSP) block, and memory block to deliver high speed or low power, depending on design requirements. The devices have as many as four hard intellectual property (IP) cores for PCIe Gen1 and Gen2 (x1, x4 and x8), and also support protocols including Serial RapidIO, Gigabit Ethernet, XAUI, CPRI (including 6G CPRI), CEI 6G, GPON, SFI-5.1 and Interlaken. For more, visit Altera online at www.altera.com.