Altera Debuts Quartus II Software 4.1 with Cyclone II FPGA Support

7/19/2004 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) introduced version 4.1 of its Quartus® II development software, including support for the new CycloneTM II FPGA family. Maintaining Altera’s performance leadership across all programmable logic device (PLD) categories, Quartus II version 4.1 software introduces a suite of innovative optimization, verification, and ease-of-use features to shorten development cycles further. Additionally, the free Web Edition of the Quartus II software now includes support for the entire Cyclone II family, providing the broad market with more than triple the density levels compared to the previous Web Edition version.

“At Escape, we’ve been using the Quartus II software and Cyclone FPGAs to build leading-edge signal processing products at ASIC-killer prices. Quartus II software is a well-integrated tool that yields impressive synthesis results, and the floor-planning and place-and-route tools consistently allow us to reach greater than 90 percent utilization, while meeting challenging time constraints,” said Dr. Greg Caso, vice president of engineering at Escape Communications. “Quartus II software is superior compared to other programmable logic tool offerings, which allows us to focus our time on meeting customer needs, rather than laboring over tool usage.”

Quartus II Version 4.1 Software Features
Quartus II version 4.1 software contains a wide range of performance and resource optimization, verification, and ease-of-use features that will shorten development cycles for designers of all Altera FPGA, CPLD and structured ASIC devices. Highlights of these new features include:

“Crucial factors in the explosive success of the Cyclone FPGA family were the power and ease-of-use of the Quartus II software,” said Tim Southgate, Altera’s vice president of software and tools marketing. “With version 4.1, we are continuing to leverage our technology leadership to provide software that will allow Cyclone II FPGAs to be embraced quickly by an even wider share of the market.”

Pricing and Availability
Both the Subscription Edition and the Web Edition of Quartus II version 4.1 design software are now available. The Subscription Edition is now shipping to all customers with an active software subscription. The free Quartus II Web Edition software supports all Cyclone II devices and is available by download at, or from the free Quartus II Web Edition Software Suite CD. The annual subscription for the Altera design software is $2,000 for a node-locked PC license. Altera’s software subscription program simplifies the process of obtaining Altera design software by consolidating software products and maintenance charges into one annual subscription payment. Quartus II design software supports major operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, and HP-UX.

New or existing customers may obtain a software subscription on line on the Altera web site,, or from Altera distributors worldwide.

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

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