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Altera ships development kit for SoPC implementation

Posted: 21 Nov 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? epxa1 development kit? Excalibur? pld design kit? pld design?

Altera Corp. has announced the general availability of its EPXA1 Development Kit, which features the company's Excalibur EPXA1 embedded processor PLDs, to provide designers a low-cost, complete solution for SoPC implementations.

In addition to the EPXA1 device, the kit includes a development board that features a 10/100 Ethernet MAC/PHY, dual RS-232 ports for communications, and debug facilities. The board is populated with 8MB of Flash memory and 32MB of SDRAM for running OSs and applications code.

Built around the ARM922T processor, the Excalibur EPXA1 device integrates a full embedded processor subsystem with an FPGA fabric to provide designers with the ability to quickly evaluate system performance and to create differentiated end products.

"The flexibility of Altera's Excalibur embedded processor PLDs make the product equally at home in automotive or other key market segments such as industrial, medical, military, and communications applications where the wide acceptance of the ARM architecture and the unique combination of features are a significant advantage," said Joe Hanson, director of Excalibur marketing and applications.

Other hardware features include user-definable LEDs, switches, an LCD module, an array of connection cables, a power supply, and a set of expansion headers. The documentation and reference designs show the use of the Quartus II development software and the GNUPro embedded development tools, including a C-compiler, assembler, linker, and debugger.

It also includes the SoPC Builder system development tool for building sophisticated bus-based systems using both AMBA AHB and Avalon bus specifications to link a variety of user and third-party IP to the processor subsystem.

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