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Altera, TES team on FPGA-based PCI graphics controller IP

Posted: 23 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? TES Electronic Solutions? FPGA? intellectual property? graphics controller?

Altera Corp. and TES Electronic Solutions announced the immediate availability of an FPGA-based high-quality PCI graphics IP core for automotive and industrial display applications.

According to the press release, the TES Display Controller/Accelerated Vector Engine (D/AVE) PCI IP core allows systems designers to quickly integrate specific graphics functions such as high-quality TFT pixel rendering into all of Altera's Cyclone and Stratix series FPGAs.

"Our D/AVE graphics core with PCI easily integrates into the architecture of Altera's FPGAs, providing rapid development cycles that offer reprogrammable parameters for a wide range of high-quality automotive and industrial applications," said Nick Walker, senior vice president, sales and marketing at TES. "Using this PCI interface in these types of applications dramatically shortens device qualification times and reduces availability issues that are prevalent in these markets."

Altera programmable technology is designed into advanced automotive and industrial applications, including driver assistance, infotainment and gateways. In response to the exponential growth in the complexity of these systems, the companies offer the graphics core with a PCI interface IP delivering a flexible, low-risk design path for reducing complexity and optimizing cost-efficiencies.

"Previously designers were forced to use microcontrollers with integrated graphics and dedicated graphics controllers for specific applications. This necessitated separate system designs and development delays were incurred using semi- or full-custom silicon," said Michael Samuelian, director of Altera's industrial business unit. "Unlike fixed logic implementations, the Altera/TES solution enables designers to dramatically reduce their overall development time, while improving system performance and lowering cost."

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