Altera / Intel Arria® II GX & GZ Midrange FPGAs

Altera / Intel® Arria® II GX and GZ Low Power 6G Transceiver FPGAs deliver substantial cost and power savings over competing devices, while providing high functionality for 6G transceiver-based applications. The 40nm Arria® II family includes the low cost FPGA with 6.375Gbps transceivers. The Arria® II GX FPGAs have up to 16 6.375Gbps transceivers, LVDS at 1.25Gbps, and support for 400MHz DD3. The Arria® II GZ FPGA offers up to 24 6.375-Gbps transceivers, more density and memory, and higher digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities than Arria® II GX FPGAs.


  • 40-nm, low-power FPGA engine
  • High-performance digital signal processing (DSP) blocks up to 550MHz
      • Configurable as 9 x 9-bit, 12 x 12-bit, 18 x 18-bit, and 36 x 36-bit full-precision multipliers as well as 18 x 36-bit high-precision multiplier
  • Maximum system bandwidth
      • Up to 24 full-duplex clock data recovery (CDR)-based transceivers supporting rates between 600 Mbps and 6.375Gbps
      • Dedicated circuitry to support physical layer functionality for popular serial protocols
  • Complete PIPE protocol solution with an embedded hard IP block that provides physical interface and media access control (PHY/MAC) layer, Data Link layer, and Transaction layer functionality
  • Optimized for high-bandwidth system interfaces
  • Low power
      • Architectural power reduction techniques
      • Typical physical medium attachment (PMA) power consumption of 100mW at 3.125Gbps.
  • Advanced usability and security features
      • Parallel and serial configuration options
      • 256-bit advanced encryption standard (AES) programming file encryption for design security with volatile and non-volatile key storage options
      • Low cost, easy-to-use development kits featuring high-speed mezzanine connectors (HSMC)
  • Emulated LVDS output support with a data rate of up to 1152Mbps


  • Wireless
  • Wireline
  • Broadcast
  • Military
Published: 2012-11-15 | Updated: 2022-03-11