I am considering the purchase of some Altera branded APEX FPGAs (EP20K400EFI672-2X) from an OEM. These parts are date coded 2020-07.
Since intel acquired Altera in 2015 and these parts were obsoleted in 2017, could a 2020 dated coded population of parts be authentic? Could these have been manufactured with leftover die by Intel in 2020?
Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.
I seriously doubt these are authentic. I'm surprised to hear Apex was officially obsoleted only in 2017 (thought it was way earlier than that). Why can't you use a MAX part instead?
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