Dini Group Debuts Powerful Design Development Platform Based on Stratix

5/8/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and The Dini Group announced the availability of the DN5000k10, a powerful design development platform based on Altera's StratixTM field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Ideal for algorithm acceleration, logic emulation, and reconfigurable computing applications, the DN5000k10 can be equipped with two to five Stratix EP1S80 devices, offering designers a platform rich with memory, digital signal processing (DSP), high-speed I/O interfaces, and other resources that can be directed towards the development of a wide variety of system-level products.

"With the rise of ASIC mask costs and the associated risks of custom device development, it is more important than ever for product developers to prove their digital designs with advanced platforms like the DN5000k10," said Mike Dini, president of The Dini Group. "The EP1S80 provides great logic value, and the aggregation of flexible, high-performance Stratix FPGA-based resources and other desirable design development elements in our new platform make it a great fit for many complex applications."

The Stratix EP1S80 devices that power the DN5000k10 are among the largest FPGAs available today, providing 79,040 logic elements (LEs), 7.4 Mbits of embedded RAM, and 22 DSP blocks. The DN5000k10 also offers four external 512K x 36 pipelined/flowthrough/ zero bus turnaround (ZBT) SSRAM devices and a 64K x 72 DDR SDRAM device to bolster the large amount of embedded memory already available in each Stratix device. A flexible clocking scheme based on two external phase-locked loop (PLL) devices work in concert with the 12 PLLs available in each Stratix FPGA to enable a wide variety of board clocking options.

"Full-featured Stratix FPGAs are optimal vehicles for the versatile, high-performance logic products offered by The Dini Group," said Steve Mensor, senior director of new product marketing at Altera. "The integration of Stratix FPGAs into the latest products from The Dini Group is further evidence of the great momentum this family has demonstrated in the industry."

About the Stratix Device Family
The Stratix device family is the industry's first family of production-qualified FPGAs built on a 0.13-micron, all-layer copper process. Featuring embedded DSP blocks, embedded RAM blocks and support for leading edge and emerging I/O standards, the Stratix device family gives 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 www.altera.com/stratix.

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 www.altera.com.

About The Dini Group
Located in La Jolla, California, The Dini Group is a professional hardware and software engineering firm specializing in high performance digital circuit design and application development.

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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