Intel has announced the Intel Cyclone 10 family of FPGAs. Designed to deliver fast and power-efficient processing, applications include automotive, industrial automation, pro audio visual and vision systems.

Two variants will be available – the Cyclone 10 GX and the Cyclone 10 LP – each addressing different application areas.

According to the company, Cyclone 10 GX can support 10G transceivers and hard floating point digital signal processing (DSP). It is said to offer twice the performance compared to the previous generation.

This innovation in the implementation of IEEE 754 single precision DSP blocks is claimed to enable processing rates up to 134GFLOPs. This is important for engineers needing higher performance for applications such as motion or motor control systems.

Markets for Intel Cyclone 10 GX include those where high I/O performance and core speed are key requirements. Uses include industrial machine vision and smart city applications that provide surveillance in parking lots, on roads and on bridges. Cyclone 10 GX is also well suited to support pro AV technologies, such as video streaming applications.

By using FPGAs such as the Cyclone 10 GX, operators can lower their bill of materials costs by integrating industrial networking and functional safety in a single chip.

The Cyclone 10 LP is suited to applications where cost and power are key factors. These systems typically use FPGAs with less than 75K logic elements (LEs), chip-to-chip bridging functions between electronic components or I/O expansion for microprocessors.

The 10 GX family will have four parts with capacities ranging from 85k to 220k LEs. The LP GX family will have eight members with capacities ranging from 6k to 120k LEs.

The Cyclone 10 FPGA family will be available in the second half of 2017, along with evaluation kits and boards, and the latest version of Quartus – the company’s FPGA programming software.