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Altera rolls out first MAX II member

Posted: 30 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Altera Corp. announced it has begun shipping the first member of its MAX II device family - the EPM1270 device.

Based on the company's look-up table (LUT)-based CPLD architecture, the MAX II family is half the cost and consumes only one-tenth the power of previous MAX generations, while maintaining the same single-chip, nonvolatile and ease-of-use characteristics. The new family also delivers four times the density and more than twice the performance of prior-generation MAX CPLDs.

Introduced in March 2004, the MAX II family includes four members ranging in density from 240 to 2,210 logic elements (LEs). Low-cost packages are available for the products, including 1mm FineLine BGA and 0.5mm thin quad flat pack.

According to the company, engineers designing for high-volume, price-sensitive markets can leverage the MAX II device family's cost and performance advantages to replace more expensive and less flexible low-density ASICs and ASSPs often used for critical system control functions.

A low-cost development kit featuring the EPM1270 will be available for purchase early in Q4 for $150. The development kit includes a PCI form factor PCB with a 32-bit edge connector, programming and USB cables, several demonstration designs, Quartus II Web Edition development software and complete documentation.

The MAX II devices are now supported by the Quartus II design software, one of the industry's most advanced design software. Now featuring a built-in MAX+PLUS II software look-and-feel option, MAX+PLUS II software users can benefit from the Quartus II software's features without having to learn a new GUI.

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