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Altera Quartus II Software Version 12.1 Accelerates System Development With Enhanced High-Level Design Flows

"As FPGAs continue to integrate additional capabilities through silicon convergence, Altera's development tools can dramatically increase designer productivity by offering higher levels of design abstraction such as OpenCL," said Alex Grbic, director of software, DSP and IP marketing at Altera. "Altera continues to be at the forefront of delivering industry-leading development tools and IP, providing our customers with the fastest path from ideas to implemented systems."

Included in the Quartus II software version 12.1 is the first production release of Altera's new partial reconfiguration design flow for Stratix® V FPGAs. Partial reconfiguration provides the flexibility to change the device's core functionality on the fly while other portions of the FPGA design are still running. Designers store different functions in external memory and load them into the FPGA as needed, allowing customers to reduce the size of the FPGA used in their system, saving board space and cost and reducing power consumption.

The Quartus II software version 12.1 also includes a variety of additional enhancements, including support for new devices. Several new 28 nm Stratix V, Arria® V and Cyclone® V FPGAs and SoC FPGAs are supported in this release, including full support for Arria V GZ FPGAs. To see a list of all the new features in this software release, visit www.altera.com/whatsnew.

Pricing and AvailabilityBoth the Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of Quartus II software v12.1 are now available for download. Altera's software subscription program simplifies obtaining Altera design software by consolidating software products and maintenance charges into one annual subscription payment. Subscribers receive Quartus II software, the ModelSim®-Altera Starter edition and a full license to the IP Base Suite, which includes 15 of Altera's most popular IP (DSP and memory) cores. The annual software subscription is $2,995 for a node-locked PC license and is available for purchase at  Altera's eStore. The SDK for OpenCL is currently available to customers through an early access program by contacting your local Altera sales representative.

About AlteraAltera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate, and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGA, CPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook,  YouTube and RSS.

ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS and STRATIX words and logos are trademarks of Altera Corporation and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc. used by permission by Khronos. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective holders as described at www.altera.com/legal.

Editor Contact: Steve GabrielAltera Corporation(408) 544-6846 newsroom@altera.com

SOURCE Altera Corporation

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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