How do you translate the FPGA speed marking to its maximum operating frequency? does it indicate the flip flop speed?
— thank you, Elliott
If you are using Intel (Altera) FPGAs such as: Intel® Stratix® series, Intel Cyclone® series, MAX® II, MAX IIG, MAX IIZ, FLEX®, ACEX®, APEX™, Mercury™, and Excalibur™ devices use the speed grade to indicate the relative performance of the device.
Devices with low speed grade numbers run faster than devices with high speed grade numbers. For example, a Stratix® III FPGA with a three speed grade is the fastest available Stratix III FPGA.
For Xilinx FPGAs, each package has a speed marking from 1 to 3. 1 is the lowest speed and 3 is the fastest speed.
Use the tools to check your timing margin, based on that data you will be able to choose the right speed grade for your project