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    Differences between the Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FPGA?

    Can you please tell me any three important differences between Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FPGA. It is going to be helpful for my exam.

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    Re: Differences between the Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FP

    Artix is a Xilinx Product. Stratix 3 is Altera
    Artix will cost a few $. Stratix 3 will cost ~$200
    The Pinouts will be different, so cannot be swapped between one and the other.

    3 very important differences.



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    Re: Differences between the Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FP

    can you tell me in terms of efficiency, computation time/clock rate,power consumption etc.



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    Re: Differences between the Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FP

    Those would be design dependent. If you had the same design for both, then maybe you could compare. But you usually create the design to fit your requirements.

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    From previous experience, chip choice is done with the following considerations (in this order):
    1. Does the chip have the IOs we need, usually looking at the Tranceivers first.
    2. Does it have enough block ram/DSPs and logic.
    3. Does it fit with the cost plan
    4. Do we have experience with Xilinx/Altera


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    Re: Differences between the Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FP

    #4 is often #1.

    Would you generally agree that Altera/Intel and Xilinx are fairly similar in the midrange? On the low end Xilinx doesn't compete with MAX10 and on the high end Altera's SOC is weaker than Zynq?



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    Re: Differences between the Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FP

    Quote Originally Posted by asdf44 View Post
    #4 is often #1.

    Would you generally agree that Altera/Intel and Xilinx are fairly similar in the midrange? On the low end Xilinx doesn't compete with MAX10 and on the high end Altera's SOC is weaker than Zynq?
    Altera SOCs never took off. They were a response to the successful Zync, and Altera basically orphaned it after no one bought it (Cyclone SOC). There were plans for a Stratix SOC but that got cancelled as the Intel join up came along.
    Whats annoying is Xilinx are generally quicker to market with faster and better GTs etc, hence why they often get adopted, but their tools have never been as good as Altera's.



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    Re: Differences between the Artix 7 xc7a35tcpg236-1 vs Stratix III EP3SL150F1152C2 FP

    I think we've had this discussion before but for the midrange designs I do I much prefer Vivado and its full integration (FPGA is about 1/4 of my job).

    I took an Altera design for the first time since Max+II was appalled by its poor Modelsim integration (by poor I mean it didn't instantly work as it does in Vivado). I found myself manually editing scripts to get a simulation to run - something I haven't done in a decade of work with Xilinx and something that I think should be handled by any decent tool.



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