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GiDEL, Altera partner on rapid ASIC, SoC prototyping

Posted: 28 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:gidel? procstar ii 180? development system? asic? soc?

GiDEL Ltd unveiled its PROCStar II 180 development system that offers rapid ASIC and SoC prototyping, research and high-density applications. Featuring up to four of altera Corp.'s stratix ii ep2s180 devices, this system gives designers a high capacity, high-speed, dynamically reconfigurable FPGA-based design platform.

The PROCStar II system combined with GiDEL's PROC developer's tools (PROCWizard, PROCMultiPort and PSDB_Proto) offer time-to-market advantages by eliminating the need for board design, development of PCI application drivers, board constraints and generic FPGA code. According to the press release, this enables designers to focus on their proprietary value-added design, as opposed to spending their time re-creating standard design components.

"GiDEL's PROCStar development system gives designers an enormous amount of flexibility and resources for cutting edge system development," commented David Greenfield, Altera's senior director of product marketing for high-density FPGAs. "The combination of our Stratix II devices with GiDEL's advanced board architecture and development tools will meet the requirements of almost any designer," he added.

The PROCStar II 180 is the newest member of the PROCStar II series of development systems, which are also shipping in versions featuring the Stratix II EP2S60 and Stratix II EP2S130 devices. This new development system also includes up to 2.5GBs of on board memory capable of achieving a sustained access rate of 15GBps; TI DSP processors; and a variety of add-on-boards for memory expansion. The development boards can be connected to a PCI bus for easy hardware or software development, or used alone; while the double data rate II (DDR2) memory structure, combined with the GiDEL's MultiPort controller, enables new design methodologies, explained the two companies in a statement. The PROCStar II system's short traces ensure system speeds up to 300MHz.

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