Altera’s launch of the Stratix IV and HardCopy IV device families in the second quarter of 2008 marks the
introduction of the world’s first 40-nm FPGAs and the industry’s only risk-free path to 40-nm ASICs. For Altera, the event culminates over three years of exhaustive planning, development, and collaboration with its foundry partner—Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)—to deliver custom logic devices exhibiting uncompromised product leadership. This paper discusses the particular significance of the 40-nm process node, which provides a strong foundation for supporting Altera’s leadership position in offering the highest performance, highest density, lowest power, and most cost-effective
FPGAs and HardCopy ASICs.