SAN MATEO, Calif.Altera Corp. picked up some new place and route tools and some EDA brain power Monday (May 8), buying a tiny PLD place and route company, Right Track CAD (Toronto). Financial details of the purchase were not disclosed.
The 10-person startup brings to Altera the Versatile Placement and Routing (VPR) software suite, initially developed at the University of Toronto but then brought to market by Right Track CAD.
Tim Southgate, Altera vice president of software engineering, said Altera gets forward-looking academics in the place and route space and a solid software package.
"I was thrilled that we were able to bring this group on board," said Southgate. "They should bring a very fresh perspective to our R&D efforts."
Southgate said the VPR system is already in use in the Altera's Quartus and Max+Plus II tools. The company claims the VPR system sped up Max+Plus II's timing-driven compilation time by 30x.
Southgate said the new group, which forms Altera' Toronto Technology Center, will still maintain its connection to the University of Toronto and the merger does not effect the shareware version of VPR, with is freely available for noncommercial use at www.eecg.toronto.edu/~vaughn/vpr/vpr.html.
Cypress Semiconductor also licensed the VPR tools for its software suite, but Southgate was unsure if the agreement would effect Cypress.