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Altera eases FPGA design with $150 starter kit

Posted: 26 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? Cyclone II? FPGA? Quartus II? starter kit?

Cyclone II FPGA Starter Kit from Altera

Altera Corp. promises easier FPGA design with its new low-cost Cyclone II FPGA Starter Kit. Priced to attract a wide range of FPGA users, including designers with no previous FPGA experience, Altera said its new kit features the industry's lowest cost Cyclone II FPGA device family. Priced at $150, the kit provides design engineers the hardware and software resources needed to develop FPGA-based systems that target high-volume, cost-sensitive applications.

According to the company, this comprehensive kit is an easy and economical introduction to FPGAs, suitable for designers new to the technology. Built on TSMC's 90nm process node, Cyclone II FPGAs promise the highest performance and lowest power in comparison to competing low-cost FPGAs, the company said.

The low-cost kit contains the resources a design engineer needs to create and implement a design with ease, including development software, reference designs, cables and programming hardware. The Cyclone II FPGA Starter Kit ships with Altera's Quartus II Web Edition design software. The kit also includes the Nios II embedded processor for embedded design development as well as demos and reference designs.

"The new Cyclone II Starter Kit gives designers the tools and support needed to explore the features of the industry's lowest cost FPGAs while quickly and easily developing their designs," said Louie Leung, Altera's Asia Pacific marketing director. "This kit provides design engineers with an ideal and easy-to-use platform for developing high-volume, cost-sensitive applications in markets such as automotive, consumer, communications and video processing."

The Cyclone II Starter Kit is currently available for ordering through the Altera online store and through authorized Altera distributors.

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