Intel’s Programmable Logic Group Returns to the Name Altera

Last week, Intel unveiled a strategic move that will reshape the landscape of programmable logic. The Programmable Logic Group within Intel, which BLT partners with, is returning to the name Altera and spinning off as an independent company.

This decision comes at a time when the demand for versatile, high-performance solutions is more critical than ever.

The Genesis of Altera

The origins of this change trace back to 2015 when Intel set its sights on expanding its influence in the realm of programmable logic devices. The acquisition of Altera Corporation was a monumental alliance, blending Intel’s prowess in semiconductor technology with Altera’s expertise in programmable logic solutions.

Over the years, the Programmable Logic Group within Intel has been at the forefront of innovation, contributing significantly to the development of FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) and other programmable devices. Now, in a strategic shift, Intel has chosen to return to the Altera identity.

This change is not merely a cosmetic adjustment but a strategic realignment. It reflects Intel’s commitment to fostering innovation and adaptability in the ever-evolving technological cosmos.

Navigating the Terrain of Programmable Logic

Altera, as a name, carries a legacy of excellence in programmable logic solutions. Renowned for its FPGA portfolio, Altera has been a trailblazer in enabling custom logic implementation for a diverse range of applications, from aerospace to telecommunications. The synergy between Intel and Altera yielded products that have become integral to the technological infrastructure that supports our ongoing missions.

The Altera brand encapsulates a vision of dynamic adaptability, embracing the unknown and adapting swiftly to new challenges. The rebranded Programmable Logic Group will continue to build on its legacy, pushing the boundaries of what is achievable with programmable logic.

The Strategic Implications

From a strategic standpoint, this move positions Altera as a distinct entity within the Intel universe, allowing for a sharper focus on programmable logic solutions. This shift echoes a broader trend in the technology sector, where specialization and agility are becoming key drivers of success. Altera’s dedication to programmable logic aligns with our own mission – to explore, adapt, and innovate in the pursuit of technological excellence.

Industry Reactions

News of Intel’s Programmable Logic Group transforming into Altera has resonated throughout the industry, garnering reactions from leaders and experts. According to reports from Intel, the decision to establish Altera as a standalone FPGA operation is part of Intel’s broader strategy to unlock the full potential of programmable solutions.

Leading technology analysts, such as those from StarTech Review and Quantum Computing Journal, have commended Intel for recognizing the potential for specialization in programmable logic solutions. The Altera brand, with its rich history and proven track record, is poised to continue contributing significantly to the development of advanced computing architectures.

Additionally, CRN reports that this move positions Altera as a dedicated force, enhancing its ability to respond to industry demands for customized, high-performance solutions. This strategic realignment reflects Intel’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that address the evolving needs of its customers.

ServeTheHome also acknowledges the rebranding as an “awesome branding move,” emphasizing the significance of the Altera name in the FPGA landscape. The move is seen as not only a strategic business decision but also a nod to the strong brand recognition and reputation that Altera has built over the years.


The transformation of Intel’s Programmable Logic Group into Altera marks a pivotal moment. The Altera brand, now an integral part of the Intel universe, stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and the pursuit of excellence.


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