Altera Launches Free Embedded Processor Portfolio

9/26/2002 - Altera announced the launch of the Embedded Processor Portfolio provides an industry-proven development environment enabling designers to start developing software. Designers can also use the Embedded Processor Portfolio of cores to target select members of Altera's StratixTM device family and Excalibur embedded processor solutions.

The Embedded Processor Portfolio CD-ROM also includes the free web edition of the Quartus® II development software, the SOPC Builder system development tool, and the OpenCore® Plus evaluation version of the Nios embedded processor. With the inclusion of SOPC Builder and other development tools and software, designers can customize any of the processors included on the CD-ROM for their specific needs and evaluate the Nios embedded processor.

"Using SOPC Builder, we were able to easily embed a Nios embedded processor into Altera FPGAs that perfectly matched our needs, profiling and benchmarking various algorithms for network route processing and forwarding," said Gautam Kavipurapu, chief technical officer and founder of IRIS Technologies. "The Nios processor gave us the flexibility to implement the algorithms in software, while the SOPC Builder tool allowed our designers to easily connect custom logic and implement performance-critical tasks in hardware."

Pricing and Availability
The Embedded Processor Portfolio CD-ROM is available today, free of charge. Designers can request the portfolio on-line. The CD-ROM contains the Embedded Processor Portfolio of 100-plus embedded processor cores as well as Red Hat's GNUPro Toolkit, required for software development. The Embedded Processor Portfolio cores targeting specific Altera devices can be used without license or royalty fees.

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.

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