San Jose--Sept. 22, 1997--Altera Corp. (San Jose) announced it will include hardware description language (HDL) synthesis at no cost in the next version of its MAX+PLUS II development software, version 8.1. Available to the more than 10,000 existing users under maintenance, as well as future purchasers of MAX+PLUS II software, this new "HDL for Free" strategy will enable designers to take advantage of the increasing densities of Altera PLDs by putting powerful synthesis technology on every desktop. Users will have the choice of specifying either VHDL or Verilog HDL as their HDL language, and can easily obtain the necessary authorization code through the World Wide Web.
The usable density of Altera's PLDs is at 130,000 gates today, and is expected to be at 250,000 gates within six months. Devices of 1 million gates are forecasted for the year 2000. This density explosion has required engineers to adopt new methodologies based on increasing levels of abstraction.
Altera's no-cost HDL is complementary to the advanced synthesis tools offered by the partners working with the Altera's Commitment to Cooperative Engineering Solutions (ACCESS) program.
With MAX+PLUS II version 8.1, users will be able to use the World Wide Web to obtain their new authorization codes enabling either VHDL or Verilog synthesis. Altera links its web site with an internal database so that customers with valid maintenance contracts can quickly get access to the new features.
With MAX+PLUS II software, version 8.1, Altera is introducing a new mid-range tool configuration called the Base development system. Base includes design entry through VHDL, Verilog, AHDL, or schematic design entry. It also includes timing analysis, functional simulation, floorplan editing, LPM support, on-line help, and compilation support for Altera devices under 10,000 gates. Base is available today and complements Altera's high-end Magnum product.
Altera's free HDL will be included in MAX+PLUS II, version 8.1, available Oct. 3, 1997. The Base system starts at $995. The MAX+PLUS II software is available for the PC, as well as for Sun, HP 700, and IBM RS/6000 workstations. Current users under up-to-date maintenance agreements will be able to obtain an authorization code for the feature via the worldwide web when they receive the MAX+PLUS II 8.1 update. VHDL support will be enabled immediately. Verilog support will be provided for the PC environment in November.
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