Altera and Gidel Introduce Stackable Stratix 80 Development System

10/16/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Gidel, an Altera Consultants Alliance Program (ACAP®) member, announced the immediate availability of Gidelís stackable PROCSuperStar Stratix 80 development board for reconfigurable system development. Gidelís PROCSuperStar Stratix 80 development board is available with up to three StratixTM EP1S80 FPGAs on each board and all the necessary hardware to build large reconfigurable systems. With the ability to stack up to seven boards for a total of 21 Stratix devices, the new Gidel development system is ideal for high-bandwidth, high-density applications such as SoC rapid prototyping, super computing, digital signal processing (DSP), imaging, machine vision, video processing, aerospace, and military systems.

"With our PROCSuperStar Stratix 80 board, customers can immediately begin the rapid prototyping of their high-bandwidth, high-density applications," said Reuven Weintraub, president and CEO of Gidel. "We are the first Altera ACAP partner to provide customers with a stackable development board that enables the building of large reconfigurable systems."

"Gidel's PROCSuperStar Stratix 80 board supports engineers' most stringent design requirements," said Mike Phipps, senior marketing manager of Altera's development kit program. "Expansion capabilities make Gidel's PROCSuperStar Stratix 80 board the perfect rapid prototyping board for customers designing system-level applications with Altera's high-performance Stratix FPGAs."

PROCSuperStar Development Board
The PROCSuperStar development board is an expandable, building-block type system that can stack up to seven boards. The Stratix devices are implemented on board from one to three devices. By using ultra high-performance connectors with shielded signals, and thousands of ground connection pins, Gidel ensures that its multiple board system performs electrically as if it is one board. Furthermore, due to the boardís physical structure, the traces between the devices are shorter, providing a minimal connection delay.

Pricing and Availability
Gidelís PROCSuperStar Stratix 80 board is priced beginning at $7,995 and is available for order now from Gidel. More information about this product can be obtained on Gidelís web site at

About Stratix Devices
The Stratix device family is the industryís first family of production-qualified FPGAs built on a 0.13-micron, all-layer copper process and the winner of EDN magazineís 2002 Digital IC Innovation Award. Featuring embedded DSP blocks, embedded RAM blocks and support for leading-edge and emerging I/O standards, Stratix devices give designers the performance and densities they need to meet the challenges of high-bandwidth system design. For more information about the Stratix device family, visit

About Gidel
Gidel,, founded in 1993, provides a wide range of FPGA boards, optimized for cost/performance, and development tools to the systemís market and to SoC/ASIC/FPGA designers. As a high-end system design company, Gidel created powerful tools that became the foundation for todayís universal development platforms. Gidelís re-configurable FPGA boards and tools enable designers to cut time and ramp production quickly. Gidel products are used for rapid prototyping, simulation acceleration, real-time emulation, ASIC verification, and system development. Gidel is headquartered in Ein Ayyala, Israel, with a sales office in the US and has distributors and sales representatives in the US, Europe, Asia and Japan.

About Altera
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the worldís 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. More information is available at

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