Altera's Industry-Leading Quartus II Software Now Available with Support for Cyclone Devices

9/25/2002 - Altera announced full design software support for the CycloneTM device family, giving designers immediate access to the industry's lowest-cost FPGA family. Designers can now visit the Altera web site to download the service pack 1 release of the Quartus® II version 2.1 software or the free Quartus II Web Edition software for full design, synthesis, place-and-route, and verification capabilities supporting the Cyclone device family.

"Quick and easy access to our design software gives developers a head start in their designs," said Peter Woo, director of software and tools marketing at Altera. "This reiterates our commitment to provide customers with both a cost and time-to-market advantage."

The free Quartus II Web Edition version 2.1 software including service pack 1 supports all members of the new Cyclone device family. With Quartus II Web Edition software, designers also have free entry-level design access to select members of all leading-edge and mainstream FPGA and CPLD families from Altera including the StratixTM, APEXTM II, and ExcaliburTM FPGAs and the MAX® 7000 CPLD family.

The service pack 1 release of Quartus II version 2.1 software is immediately available and will be shipped to all current customers with a valid subscription using the Quartus II software for Windows, Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, and HP-UX operating systems. The advanced block-based design and timing closure methodologies supported by the Quartus II software simplify the task of implementing high performance designs in the low-cost Cyclone devices.

About Quartus II Design Software
Altera's Quartus II design software delivers superior designer productivity and supports system-level designs with features including LogicLockTM block-based design flow, advanced timing closure methodology, PowerFitTM and fast fit fitter technologies, support for multi-million gate devices, and integration with third-party tools. Quartus II software extends the user's scope beyond hardware by including a software workflow that offers C/C++ compilers and debuggers in a fully integrated development environment to support Altera's Excalibur embedded processor solutions. Quartus II software supports major operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and Red Hat Linux version 7.1.

About the Cyclone Device Family
Cyclone devices are the industry's lowest-cost FPGAs. With densities ranging from 2,910 to 20,060 logic elements, Cyclone devices feature up to 288 Kbits of embedded memory and are based on a 1.5-V all-layer-copper SRAM process. Cyclone devices offer up to two phase-locked loops (PLLs) per device and a hierarchical clocking structure for extensive on- and off-chip clock management. Each device supports a variety of single-ended I/O standards such as LVTTL, LVCMOS, PCI, and SSTL-2/3. Cyclone devices have dedicated circuitry to interface with high-performance external single data rate (SDR) SDRAM and double data rate (DDR) SDRAM and FCRAM memory devices.

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.

Altera, The Programmable Solutions Company, the stylized Altera logo, specific device designations, and all other words that are identified as trademarks and/or service marks are, unless noted otherwise, the trademarks and service marks of Altera Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

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