Part Number: EPC1441PC8

Manufacturer: Intel / Altera

Description: FPGA – Configuration Memory IC – Ser. Config Mem Flash 440Kb 8 MHz

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Technical Specifications of EPC1441PC8

Datasheet  EPC1441PC8 datasheet
Category Integrated Circuits (ICs)
Family Memory – Configuration Proms for FPGAs
Manufacturer Altera
Series EPC
Packaging Tube
Part Status Active
Programmable Type OTP
Memory Size 440kb
Voltage – Supply 3 V ~ 3.6 V, 4.75 V ~ 5.25 V
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
Package / Case 8-DIP (0.300″, 7.62mm)
Supplier Device Package 8-PDIP

Devices with an EPC1441PC8 configuration can store their configuration data in rewritable Flash memory with a density of up to 16,000,000 or 32,000,000 bits, respectively, and can even compress that data.

After a configuration device has finished writing its data and driven nCASC low, it tri-states the DATA pin to prevent collisions with other configuration devices.

A Configuration Device for SRAM-Based, Altera Memory’s series EPC1441PC8 FPGAs. At ICFQ You may look up alternatives and substitutes, as well as datasheets, stock, and pricing from Authorized Distributors.

EPC1441PC8 Features

  • Interface with APEX 20K,  APEX II, ACEX, Mercury, and FLEX devices based on a 4-pin connector is straightforward.
  • Low current during configuration and almost no current during standby for 5.0 V and 3.3 V operation.
  • Altera Quartus II and MAX+PLUS II development platforms provide software design support for Windows-based PCs, in addition to Sun SPARCstation and HP 9000 Series 700/800.
  • Support for programming using Altera’s Master Programming Unit (MPU), as well as programming gear from Data I/O, BP Microsystems, and other manufacturers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an FPGA?

The Field Programmable Gate Array, or FPGA, is a type of integrated circuit that may have its operation adapted to the requirements of a particular application by its internal hardware blocks having user-programmable interconnects. An FPGA can enable new applications during its lifetime because the interconnects are easily reprogrammable. This makes it possible for an FPGA to adapt modifications to a design during its lifetime.

Programmable read-only memory (PROMs) and programmable logic devices were some of the predecessors to the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) (PLDs). These devices could be programmed either in the factory or out in the field, but because they utilized fuse technology (thus the idiom “burning a PROM”), once they were programmed, they could not be altered in any way. On the other hand, FPGAs store their configuration information in a medium that can be reprogrammed, such as flash memory or static random access memory (SRAM). FPGAs are often manufactured by companies like Intel, Microchip Technology, Lattice Semiconductor, and Microsemi.

What is the difference between an ASIC and an FPGA?

Both ASICs and FPGAs provide unique value propositions, meaning that both options must be thoroughly compared and contrasted before one can be selected over the other. Comparisons between the two types of technology are abundantly available online. In the past, FPGAs were used for designs with lower speeds, levels of complexity, and overall volumes. However, modern FPGAs can push the performance barrier of 500 MHz quickly.

FPGAs are an appealing proposition for practically any design because of their extraordinary advances in logic density and their plethora of features, such as embedded processors, DSP blocks, clocking, and high-speed serial at ever lower price points.

What a FPGA Applications

The ability to organize an FPGA’s CLBs into hundreds or thousands of similar processing blocks is helpful for a wide variety of applications, including artificial intelligence (AI),  image processing, enterprise networking, data center hardware accelerators, and automotive advanced driver assistance systems, amongst others (ADAS).

The needs in many of these application areas are constantly shifting, and new protocols and standards are being implemented to accommodate these shifts. FPGAs make it possible for manufacturers to implement systems that can be updated as further information becomes available.

FPGAs are being used in Microsoft’s data centers to power the Bing search algorithm, which is a prime example of a useful application for this technology. The FPGA is capable of being updated to handle newly developed algorithms as they become available. If the requirements shift, the design can be modified to enable a high-performance computing application to perform simulation or modeling procedures. Obtaining this adaptability using an ASIC is highly challenging, if not impossible.

Additional FPGA applications can be found in aerospace and digital television,  defense, medical electronics, industrial motor control, consumer electronics, scientific equipment, cyber security systems, and wireless communications.

FPGA basics

The fact that the FPGA chip is programmable and can be reprogrammed is one of the technology’s most significant advantages. Doing so transforms into an extensive logic circuit that may be designed in accordance with a design; nevertheless, if adjustments are necessary, it can be reprogrammed with an update.

Consequently, if a circuit card or board is created and has an FPGA as part of the circuit, this is programmed during the manufacturing process; however, it is possible to reprogram the FPGA at a later time to reflect any modifications. Because of this, it can be programmed out in the field where its name comes from.

Although FPGAs have many benefits to offer, inevitably, they will also have some drawbacks. In addition, the price is significantly higher than comparable ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) or other integrated circuits of the same kind. (However, compared to different types of chips, ASICs are highly costly to develop.)

This indicates that the decision regarding whether or not to use an FPGA-based design should be made as early as possible in the design cycle. The decision will be influenced by factors such as whether or not the chip will require reprogramming, whether or not equivalent functionality can be obtained elsewhere, and of course, the maximum cost that can be incurred. Manufacturers can choose an FPGA design for an early product when there is still the possibility of finding flaws and switch to using an ASIC when the design is entirely reliable.

There are a wide variety of applications that make use of FPGAs. FPGAs find uses in various fields where complicated logic circuitry may be required, and modifications may be anticipated. This is because of the expense of the FPGAs, which prevents them from being utilized in inexpensive goods that are produced in significant volume. Applications for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) can be found in various fields, including video and image equipment, circuits for aerospace and military applications, specialized processing electronics, and a great deal more.


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