MISARC Partners with Altera for FPGA Design Services in Southern Europe

2/12/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced that Micro System Architecturing srl (MISARC) has joined the Altera Consultants Alliance Program (ACAP). As the newest ACAP® partner, MISARC will provide Altera customers in Southern Europe with extensive design expertise in developing complete system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions for telecom, industrial, and avionics applications. With a team of over 50 design engineers, MISARC will help Altera customers improve their product performance, functionality, and manufacturability, resulting in lower costs and faster time-to-market.

"Having completed numerous Altera designs such as a controller for an aerospace radar antenna, a speed controller for the high-speed trains, and an ATE controller board dedicated to memory devices, MISARC is a highly qualified design center for telecom, industrial, and aerospace applications," said Tommaso Rolando, regional sales manager of Altera Southern Europe.

"Through a close working relationship with Altera, MISARC is equipped to support customers designing SOPC solutions with Altera's leading-edge StratixTM and CycloneTM device families," said Bruno Bartolommei, managing director at MISARC. "Our extensive design service expertise combined with Altera's leading-edge FPGAs will provide customers with increased product performance and lower overall design costs."

For more information about Altera's Stratix and Cyclone device families, please visit www.altera.com/products/devices/dev-index.jsp.

About ACAP
The Altera Consultant Alliance Program provides Altera customers with easy access to a worldwide network of certified design consultants with expertise in Altera's SOPC solutions. Additionally, ACAP consultants specialize in niche areas, making them profoundly effective at solving specific problems and facilitating time-to-market needs. Altera provides its ACAP members with on-going training to keep them up-to-date with Altera's leading-edge SOPC solutions.

Micro System Architecturing srl (MISARC) was founded in January 1988 and is a group of highly skilled research and development engineers that design and develop a wide range of high-technology system products.

MISARC serves as an "advanced design center" for its customers, developing for them original industrial concepts that they bring all the way to final technological products. MISARC negotiates for its clients the delicate balance between quality and manufacturing costs.

MISARC is the unique Italian Design Center able to design and develop a wide range of high-tech system applications in industrial, communication, consumer, military and space market segments. MISARC offers hardware and software solutions through a cross-functional teamwork for innovative designs to match the final customer' requirements.

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. More information is available at www.altera.com.

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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