Intel® MAX® 10 FPGA Features

Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs offer system-level cost savings through increased integration of external system component functions. Unlike CPLDs, 55 nm Intel MAX 10 FPGAs include full-featured FPGA capabilities, such as digital signal processing (DSP), analog blocks with analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and a temperature sensor, embedded soft processor support, memory controllers, and dual configuration flash.

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  • Up to 50,000 logic elements (LEs).
  • Up to 500 user I/O pins.
  • Non-volatile instant-on architecture.
  • Single chip.
  • Packages as small as 3x3 mm2.
  • Embedded SRAM.
  • DSP blocks.
  • High-performance phase-locked loops (PLLs) and low-skew global clocks.
  • External memory interface (DDR3 SDRAM/DDR3L SDRAM/DDR2 SDRAM/LPDDR2).
  • Nios® II soft core embedded processor support.
  • 3.3 V, LVDS, PCI*, and 30+ other I/O standards supported.
  • Embedded SAR ADCs – 12 bit, 1 Mbps.
  • Up to 18 analog input channels.
  • Temperature sensor.
  • Single or dual-core voltage supply offering.
  • Embedded flash.
  • Dual configuration flash.
  • User flash memory.
  • Internal oscillator.
  • Power-saving features.
  • Sleep mode to reduce dynamic power by up to 95%.
  • Input buffer power-down.
  • 128 bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and other design security features.
  • RoHS6 packaging.

Qualification and Certification

Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs are available in commercial, industrial, and automotive (AEC-Q100) temperature grades.

In addition, they will be supported in a future release of the functional safety pack, TUV Certified to IEC 61508 and ISO 26262, reducing development time and time to market.

Control Center

Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs – Your Control Center

Why have a separate Power Management IC (PMIC) to control your systems, when you can get one Intel® MAX® 10 FPGA that does it all. MAX 10 FPGAs integrate comprehensive Board Management Controller (BMC) capabilities, reducing component count and cost relative to stand-alone solutions.

Many of today’s high-end FPGAs, including Intel® Arria® 10 FPGAs and SoCs and Intel® Stratix® 10 FPGAs and SoCs, have multiple power rails that need to be turned on a in a specific order and monitored during runtime to ensure proper device operation. Whether the power supplies used for these FGPAs are controlled by simple digital I/O or leverage the more advanced PMBus control interface, MAX 10 FPGAs are well equipped to sequence and monitor these power supplies.

Benefits of Using MAX 10 FPGAs Over PMICs

Integrated Analog and Instant On

  • More efficient power up sequencing, monitoring, and power down sequencing.
  • Supports both GPIO controlled and PMBus based power supplies.
  • Large number analog inputs allows for the monitoring of multiple rails.

On-Chip Flash

  • Supports data logging capabilities to better track abnormal board behavior (i.e. temperature, power rail fluctuations).

Integrated Temperature Sense Diode

  • Removes the need for external temperature sensors.

Integrated Diagnostics

  • Use data logging to reduce repair costs and quickly know what went wrong.

Integrated Prognostics

  • Predict board failures before they happen.
  • By watching performance trends (voltage rail or thermal) failing boards can be identified before they fail, increasing system up time.

Proven Reference Designs Reduce Time to Market

  • Board Management Controller.
  • MAX 10 FPGA sequencing Arria 10 FPGA.

Examples of Max 10 BMC Solutions Available Today from Reflex and Nallatech

MIPI for Video

Next generation video solutions, such as industrial surveillance cameras, industrial machine vision, automotive (gesture control, self-driving cars, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and consumer drones require more advanced video processing capabilities. Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs, combined with IP cores, provide one of the industry’s best solutions to implement many of these interfaces:

  • Control or Data Centric Interfaces.
  • CAN*, LIN*, Ethernet (AVB/BRR*/TSN), USB*, PCI-Express*.
  • Camera Sensor or Video Interfaces.
  • MIPI* CSI or DSI, HiSPi*, SLVS, DisplayPort*, RSDS/LVDS/mini-LVDS.

Previously, ASSP D-PHY devices were needed to convert signals from the CMOS image sensor to the MIPI electrical standards before input into traditional FPGAs, which then implemented customized image sensor/processing functions.

Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer.

Nios® II

With the Nios® II embedded processor, Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs provide unmatched flexibility when designing your system. Going beyond traditional low-cost FPGAs, CPLDs, and microcontroller units (MCUs), only MAX 10 FPGAs with Nios II processor support provide:

Single-Chip, Instant-on

Embedded systems with on-die flash for software code and FPGA configuration storage.

Custom Hardware Systems

Quickly design your own processor peripheral and I/O set with GUI-based system design tools and off-the-shelf intellectual property (IP) -including general-purpose I/Os (GPIOs), UARTs, hard analog-to-digital converter (ADC) blocks, Triple Speed Ethernet MACs, serial interfaces, and even multiple CPUs to optimize performance.

Remote System Update Support

For fail-safe hardware and software upgrades to manage bug fixes or changing standards.

Small Form Factor Packages

Combined with Intel® Enpirion® Power Solutions reduces board space by up to 50% and improve system reliability.

Obsolescence Proof

Long lifetime MAX 10 devices and soft processor IP eliminates obsolescence risk while allowing you to get to market quickly. See our obsolete MCU replacement examples using the NiosII processor.

High-performance Real-time Processing

Customize digital signal processing (DSP) functions with FPGA hardware acceleration, delivering deterministic, real-time performance.