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Version 5 of Quartus II available

Posted: 06 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? quartus ii? design software? fpga?

Altera Corp. announced that it is shipping v5.0 of its Quartus II design software, featuring the FPGA industry's first incremental compilation feature. Promising up to 70 percent faster design compilation times, engineers using Quartus II software v5.0 for their high-density Stratix II designs can now have the fastest path to design completion. "In addition to being number one in performance, Quartus II software v5.0 introduces substantial innovations that solidify its productivity leadership," added Louie Leung, Altera Asia Pacific Marketing Director.

According to the company, the incremental compilation enables designers to break designs into physical and logical partitions for synthesis and fitting. This feature supports block-based design, which allows the designer to preserve the performance of specific blocks while other blocks are undergoing optimization. Designers can see timing closure improvements by using advanced optimization techniques, such as physical synthesis, to target specific design partitions while leaving other modules untouched, explained Altera.

Other productivity features for high-density designs include fast timing estimates and early placement constraints; SOPC Builder enhancements; new I/O pin planner; HardCopy II Advisor tool; infrastructure enhancements for high-density designs; support for inter-processor communication and safe sharing of resources for multiple processor systems; and an interface to external processors using PCI, external memory interfaces (EMIF) and custom processor interfaces.

Both the subscription edition and the web edition of Quartus II software v5.0 are already available. The subscription edition is now shipping to all customers with an active software subscription. The free Quartus II Web Edition software can be downloaded for free from the company's website.

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