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Altium Nexar software supports Altera Quartus II v4.2

Posted: 14 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altium? nexar? system design software? altera? quartus ii?

Altium Ltd announced that its Nexar system design software has been updated to support v4.2 of Altera Corp.'s recently released Quartus II development software.

Nexar is a complete FPGA-based digital design system and supports a wide range of Altera PLDs. Taking advantage of the Quartus II v4.2 software's synthesis and place-and-route technology, Nexar customers can achieve the highest possible performance when using Altera devices in their designs, said the press release.

Nexar allows the interactive development of complete systems, including processor-based designs, on an FPGA platform. The Nexar design methodologyLiveDesignenables real-time communication with active devices in the circuit, such as processor cores and virtual instruments, that are running inside the target FPGA. Along with Altium's NanoBoard, a versatile FPGA development board that features swappable target devices housed on removable daughter boards, Nexar allows interactive, 'live' development and debugging of systems without the need for simulation at the system level, reducing system development time.

"Supporting Altera's Quartus II software ensures that our Nexar customers have access to the best place and route and synthesis technology so that they can get the most out of their Altera FPGA-based designs," commented Nick Martin, Joint CEO and founder of Altium.

Support for Altera's Quartus II v4.2 will be available with the release of Service Pack 2, which is free for download from Altium's website.

Nexar is priced at $7,995 for a new license. A Unified Nexar-Protel 2004 software license is also available, providing complete FPGA-PCB systems development, and is priced at $9,995. Protel 2004 users can upgrade their existing license to this system for $2,995.

Altium's NanoBoard is priced at $995 and is currently delivered with two daughter boards, including Altera's Cyclone. A wide range of additional daughter boards, including the Altera Stratix with SRAM, Altera Cyclone with SRAM and the Altera Max 3000/7000 devices, are also available.

For developers wanting to evaluate Nexar, LiveDesign evaluation kits are available, with prices starting at $49.

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