Altera's new Stratix 10 offers some very dense devices.
Altera's main customers are in cell towers.
They were included for INtel is going to market some kind of combined FPGA/Xeon strategy.
INtel wants it to be talked about.
Honestly, it's up to how well INtel combines it all. It's a new strategy and time will tell
"the story is clearly an Intel pitch-sheet paraphrase when they try to bring Altera FPGAs into the mix. FPGAs have a quarter century history of great potential and disappointing reality."
First off, FPGAs really weren't dense enough until Altera's latest generation.
Question is how INtel will use it ?? Not really much is known about integration vs separates.
And.... if you spend all that developer time to get a FPGA right... why use the Xeon Phi ??
Software moves very fast compared to hardware design, and the people doing HPC will
often put their developer time as priority and just buy more hardware to increase throughput.
INtel will be giving it away to gain market share.
Bottom line is it's a growing market and competition is good for it.