SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. here announced today that it has acquired privately-held DesignPROInc., a provider of intellectual property (IP) cores and custom design solutions, specializing in optical internetworking technologies.
DesignPRO, located in Nepean, Ontario, becomes Altera's Ottawa Technology Center. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed, and are not expected to have a material effect on Altera's financial results.
The acquisition expands Altera's services and product offerings, especially IP cores, for its system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions targeted at optical internetworking applications. As standards constantly change in the communications industry, Altera is marketing its SOPC technology as an alternative to ASICs.
"DesignPRO has created and delivered cutting-edge solutions to many of the industry leaders in optical internetworking and has a proven track record of meeting the demands of its customers by envisioning tomorrow's technical challenges today," said Craig Lytle, Altera vice president of the intellectual property business unit.
"Since DesignPRO's inception, we have been involved in numerous challenging projects, and have developed many exciting new technologies," said Eric Dormer, founder and president of DesignPRO. "DesignPRO's optical networking experience combined with Altera's programmable logic leadership will create more powerful SOPC solutions for Altera's customers. The synergies created through this combination will further enhance Altera solutions targeted at the communications marketplace."
DesignPRO has been a member of the Altera Consultant Alliance Program since 1999, specializing in digital design for optical communications applications, such as high speed access products, synchronous optical networking (Sonet/SDH), ATM, and wireless technologies. Some of its include Ascend Communications, Applied Micro Circuits, Arris Interactive, Newbridge Networks, Nortel Networks, and Motorola.