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Three new kits from Altera

Posted: 25 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? cyclone ii? development kit? fpga? nios ii?

Altera Corp. disclosed that it has begun shipping Cyclone II development kits. According to the company, designers targeting Nios II embedded processor, dsp16410CG to DSP16411 Migration Considerations" target=_blank>digital signal processing (DSP) and PCI designs will benefit from easy prototyping, quick development times and low cost. "Cost and time-to-market are important issues for designers building low-cost, high-volume applications. The new Cyclone II development kits address these issues head-on," said Steve Mensor, Altera's senior director of low-cost FPGAs.

"Altera's first-generation Cyclone family is the fastest ramping programmable logic family ever and we are confident that the availability of these kits will help the Cyclone II family to emulate this success."

All three Cyclone II development kits combine the capabilities of Altera's intellectual property (IP), boards and development software to allow customers to take full advantage of the low-cost Cyclone II device family. Each kit includes a Cyclone II development board, a CD containing documentation and reference designs, a power supply, a USBBlaster download cable, and other cables. The kits also ship with the company's Quartus II design software and a suite of interface IP cores available from Altera.

Three development kits

Consuming as little as 35 cents of logic, the combination of the Nios II family of processors and the Cyclone II FPGA is 50 percent less cost than the nearest competing offering and is the lowest-cost soft embedded processor solution in the industry, said Altera. The Nios II Development Kit, Cyclone II Edition provides everything needed for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) development. The kit includes Altera's Nios II family of embedded processors; the Nios II development board, Cyclone II edition; the SOPC Builder system development tool; the Nios II integrated development environment (IDE); a library of standard microprocessor peripherals; and cables and accessories for developing and prototyping a wide range of price-sensitive embedded applications.

The DSP Development Kit, Cyclone II Edition, takes full advantage of the dedicated DSP circuitry in the Cyclone II devices. The kit features Texas Instruments' ADS5500 family of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, and facilitates the entire design process from design conception through hardware implementation. The DSP Development Kit, Cyclone II Edition includes the Cyclone II DSP development board, the DSP Builder development tool, Quartus II development software, The MathWorks MATLAB/Simulink evaluation software, evaluation IP cores, system reference designs and labs, as well as power supplies, cables and documentation.

The third kit, the PCI Development Kit, Cyclone II Edition, provides a flexible, low-cost FPGA development platform in a PCI short-card form factor. With a universal (3.3V and 5V) PCI edge connector, the PCI Development Kit, Cyclone II Edition plugs into any standard PCI or PCI-X slot. The kit includes both a hardware reference design and Windows software drivers to accelerate development. Users can perform transactions between the PCI interface and DDR2 memory within minutes of opening the box. The kit can be used as a development platform for 32bit and 64bit PCI, PCI-X, DDR2 SDRAM, and Altera Megafunction Partners Program (AMPPSM) partner IP cores.

The development kits are priced at $995 each.




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