American Arium Announces Excalibur[TM] Quick Start Reference Kit

9/3/2002 - American Arium, an industry leader in software debug and integration tool development, announced availability of the ExcaliburTM Quick Start reference kit for the EPXA4 device, a member of Alteraís Excalibur device family. With the Excalibur Quick Start Reference Kit, developers can design, develop, and debug complex embedded systems quickly, reducing time-to-market and development costs.

Larry Traylor, American Ariumís CEO, notes, "We wanted to bring a product to market so developers can get an entire development environment up and running in a very short period of time. The American Arium installation wizard brings all the tools together quickly with thorough, documented samples."

The kit includes:

"American Arium has ensured that the required tools are available in each stage of the Excalibur design flow with a reference board, Quartus II software, source-level debugging solutions, real-time trace module with deep trace capability, and support for operating systems" said Joe Hanson, director of marketing and applications for Excalibur Business Unit at Altera. "The Quick Start reference kit allows its customers to develop and debug their SOPC designs quickly and efficiently."

Pricing and Availability
The Excalibur Quick Start reference kit is available immediately. The kit, American Arium part number KIT-XA4, is available through November, 2002 for $9,995 as an introductory offer. This price is good for North America only. See American Arium distributors for international pricing.

About American Arium (
American Arium was founded in 1977 and is a manufacturer of hardware and software development tools supporting Intel® and ARM® processors. American Arium tools are used worldwide to debug software such as BIOS, device drivers, OS kernels, and embedded applications. The company is a member of ARMís DevZoneTM and Alteraís Excalibur Partner Program.

About Altera (
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide.

About ARM (
ARM (NASDAQ: ARMHY) is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals and system-on-chip (SoC) designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia and embedded solutions.

About Microtronix Datacom Ltd. ( Microtronix is an embedded hardware and software engineering company that provides products and services around programmable logic, intellectual property, embedded operating systems and development tools. Established in 1977, Microtronix enables clients to achieve aggressive development goals by providing integrated hardware and software support. Microtronix is located in London, Ontario, Canada.

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