Altera, El Target Industrial Applications with Cyclone Development Kit

10/23/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and El Camino GmbH announced the immediate availability of the new DIGILAB CC development kit for customers building powerful system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions with Altera’s low-cost CycloneTM devices. Featuring either a Cyclone EP1C20 or EP1C12 device, El Camino’s DIGILAB CC development kit provides designers with a comprehensive platform for designing, prototyping, and debugging high-volume, cost-sensitive industrial applications.

“With the DIGILAB CC development kit, customers now have an ideal low-cost, high-performance programmable platform for prototyping and verifying their applications,” said Andreas Bahrs, managing director of sales at El Camino. “As an Altera Certified Design Center partner, we have worked closely with Altera to help customers achieve the optimal performance of their programmable logic designs.”

El Camino’s comprehensive DIGILAB CC development kit includes a powerful development board featuring a Cyclone FPGA, the Quartus® II Web Edition design software, and several system reference designs, giving customers everything they need to quickly and easily start building their system.

“By partnering with El Camino, our customers now have a robust prototyping platform ideal for industrial applications,” said Mike Phipps, senior marketing manager for Altera’s development kit program. “Additionally, El Camino and Altera have worked closely to ensure customers the highest level of design support and tools necessary to build their SOPC designs.”

Pricing and Availability
El Camino’s DIGILAB CC development kit is available now with a Cyclone EP1C20 or EP1C12 device, and pricing starts at $599. More information about both boards can be obtained on El Camino’s web site at

About DIGILAB CC Development Kit
The DIGILAB CC is a universal FPGA prototyping and processor module based on Altera’s Cyclone device family. It has all the necessary hardware to support systems for Altera’s Nios® embedded processor. The DIGILAB CC can be used as a standalone prototyping platform or as a flexible, general-purpose CPU module plugged onto custom interface boards.

About the Cyclone Device Family
Built from the ground up to ensure the lowest possible cost, Cyclone devices are the industry’s lowest-cost FPGAs available today. Cyclone devices are manufactured on TSMC’s advanced 0.13-micron, all-layer-copper process and was developed to provide designers of high-volume, price-sensitive applications the flexibility of an FPGA at ASIC prices. With support for leading-edge and emerging I/O standards, the Cyclone device family includes embedded RAM blocks and other features to put FPGA technology in the hands of designers developing volume-driven applications in the automotive, consumer, and computing markets. For more information about the Cyclone device family, visit

About El Camino GmbH
El Camino GmbH, your programmable logic design house, was founded in 1999 and is a fast growing competence center specialized in programmable logic. Focus areas include design, training, and consultancy around PLD/FPGA designs where El Camino offers extensive know-how. More than 20 highly qualified employees are at the customers’ hand, ready to solve all programmable logic needs. El Camino, with its background in system-on-chip (SOC) design, is a key partner enabling customers to unleash the unprecedented power and flexibility of SOPC solutions.

About Altera
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, 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. More information is available at

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