Altera Ranks First in CPLD with Over 44 Percent of Market

5/1/2003 - Building upon its eight years of uninterrupted CPLD market leadership, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced that its MAX® devices are the unchallenged leader of the complex programmable logic device (CPLD) market. According to a report released by Semico Research Corporation, Altera led the CPLD market in 2002 with 44.4 percent share of the $504 million CPLD market. In the report, Semico Research forecasts good growth for this market over the next three to four years.

"Altera's focus on CPLD customer requirements over the years has developed a massive following of design engineers in every major market worldwide," said John Daane, president and CEO for Altera. "Year after year, Altera delivers. That's why Altera's MAX devices are an unstoppable force in the CPLD market."

CPLDs, which comprise the instant-on, non-volatile segment of the programmable logic market, provide designers with numerous time-to-market advantages, including superior pin-to-pin performance, low-cost, and ease-of-use. Ideal for control-oriented applications such as I/O expansion, bus translation, and power-up sequencing, the benefits of CPLDs are leveraged in a wide variety of electronic products, ranging from sophisticated wireless communications systems to small consumer electronics devices.

Altera's MAX devices are now supported by the industry-leading Quartus® II design software. By using the Quartus II design software, MAX device design performance is boosted by up to 10 percent over the use of previous generation design tools. Furthermore, new algorithms within the Quartus II design software deliver superior results for pin-locked designs.

"Thanks to their timing and performance, CPLDs continue to play an important role in a broad range of applications," said Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst, of Semico Research. "As we go forward, we should expect to see continued increases in performance and functionality of CPLDs as vendors turn to new process technologies." For additional information about this report entitled "Dynamic Changes in 2002 ASIC Market Share," or about Semico Research, please visit

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 32 to 512 macrocells.

About Quartus II Design Software
Altera's Quartus II design software delivers superior designer productivity and supports system-level designs with features including LogicLock™ block-based design flow, advanced timing closure methodology, PowerFit™ and fast fit fitter technologies, support for multi-million gate devices, and integration with third-party tools. Quartus II software extends the user's scope beyond hardware by including a software workflow that offers C/C++ compilers and debuggers in a fully integrated development environment to support Altera's embedded processor solutions. Quartus II software supports major operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and Red Hat Linux version 7.1.

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer of 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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