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Altera unveils new version of DSP development tool

Posted: 17 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? dsp builder development tool? dsp? stratix ii? cyclone ii?

Altera unveils new version of DSP development tool

Altera Corp. introduced version 2.2 of its DSP Builder development tool, enabling DSP designers to take full advantage of its Stratix II and Cyclone II device families.

Supporting the company's DSP MegaCore IP portfolio, the new version also supports MATLAB 7 and Simulink 6 software packages included in The MathWorks Release 14. The new version also includes a color space converter IP core and an edge detection reference design, which features a two-dimensional filter to help accelerate the development of video and image processing designs using Simulink.

"DSP Builder version 2.2 and our rich DSP IP portfolio help our customers optimize performance and reduce development time," shared Craig Lytle, VP of Altera's IP business unit. "At the same time, by fully supporting the low-cost Cyclone II family's embedded multipliers, DSP Builder v2.2 provides an excellent development path for price-sensitive DSP applications."

The development tool allows engineers to shorten the DSP design cycle by creating the hardware representation of a DSP design in an algorithm-friendly environment. DSP Builder v2.2 can link with Altera's SOPC Builder tool to design custom FPGA co-processors, which can easily connect to system processors, reducing development time. The new Nios II embedded soft processor is also supported by DSP Builder v2.2 through its link with the SOPC Builder development tool featured in the Quartus II software.

Altera said that DSP designs implemented in Stratix II FPGAs can deliver 1.3?s fast Fourier transform (FFT) performancethe industry's fastestand over 300MHz finite impulse response (FIR) filtering performance.

DSP Builder v2.2 is already available to customers with a current DSP Builder subscription. DSP Builder subscription pricing is $1,995 and includes 12 months of software upgrades. A one-year license is included with Altera's new DSP Development Kit, Stratix II Edition. A downloadable version of the DSP Builder tool is available for evaluation. Simulink and MATLAB are available from The MathWorks.

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