San Jose, CA--July 29, 1996--Altera Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced the first sales of megafunctions developed under the Altera megafunction partners program (AMPP). The functions were developed and sold by Object Oriented Hardware (London, England), targeted at Altera's FLEX 10K and MAX 9000 families. The functions included a T1/E1 Framer, a Reed-Solomon CODEC, and ADPCM CODEC, a FIFO-based USART, a linked list access controller (LILAC), and an ARCNET controller. These functions were acquired by two separate companies designing communications systems.
One company is designing a telecom system, using an 8032 microprocessor. The functions were supplied as netlists targeted for Altera's MAX 9000 and FLEX 10K families. The second company was designing a consumer communications system using an ARM7 microprocessor. Megafunctions for this customer were supplied as RTL-level VHDL targeted to Altera's 100-kgate EPF10K100 device. Because these megafunctions were supplied as VHDL, the customer has the flexibility to target the designs to other device architectures if needed.
The megafunctions which were supplied range in size from 2.5 to 30 kgates. They were designed to provide full functionality and compliance with communications industry standards.
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