Altera, Arrow Electronics Rolls Out Quick Start PLD Development Kit

2/26/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced the immediate availability of the MAX® 7000 Quick Start development kit. This easy-to-use development kit is a low-cost point of entry to Altera's industry-leading MAX 7000 complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) for university students, digital designers implementing general-purpose programmable logic designs, and customers new to Altera's MAX 7000 device family. These designers can now take full advantage of the industry's leading CPLD solution for applications in the consumer, communications, industrial, and computing markets.

"In evaluating the MAX 7000 series of CPLDs, this Quick Start kit is an invaluable aid. It allows me to easily test the performance and functionality of the device without having to spend time developing my own board," said Tracy McSheery, vice president of engineering at Phasespace. "Development tools like this give us a competitive advantage through lower costs and faster development times."

The MAX 7000 Quick Start development kit includes a development board with a MAX EPM7128AE device, Altera's Quartus® II Web Edition design software, a programming cable, an example design, power supply, and documentation.

"World-renown for performance and ease-of-use, our popular, low-cost MAX CPLDs are benefiting designers targeting application in markets, such as consumer, computing and automotive, with faster time-to-market and reduced system costs. By using the MAX 7000 Quick Start Kit, designers can quickly develop a sophisticated understanding of CPLD-based design," said Luanne M. Schirrmeister, director of marketing for MAX products at Altera.

"We developed the Quick Start kit with new CPLD designers in mind, and partnered with Altera to create a truly easy-to-use development kit to bring new products to market faster and with higher reliability," said Rick Timmins, senior vice president of engineering at Arrow Electronics, Inc. "The MAX 7000 Quick Start development kit demonstrates Arrow's commitment to provide state-of-the-art engineering support for Altera's customers."

Pricing and Availability
The MAX 7000 Quick Start development kit is available for order now at Priced at $99, the kits are currently shipping to customers.

Software Support
MAX CPLDs are supported by Altera's Quartus II Web Edition version 2.2 design software. Altera's Quartus II software provides seamless integration with tools from Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Synplicity, and other leading EDA vendors. The Quartus II Web Edition software can be downloaded for free at

About MAX Devices
Altera's MAX brand of CPLDs are non-volatile, general-purpose programmable logic devices (PLDs) that address a broad range of applications, including consumer, communications, industrial, and computing markets. Built using CMOS floating-gate process technology, MAX devices are based on the advanced Multiple Array Matrix (MAX) architecture and offer densities from 600 to 12,000 usable gates.

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

About Arrow
Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) is one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and computer products and a leading provider of services to the electronics industry. Headquartered in Melville, New York, Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 600 suppliers and over 175,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and commercial customers through more than 200 sales facilities and 23 distribution centers in 40 countries. More information is available at

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