Altium Limited announced two new daughter boards that enable engineers using Altium's Nexar development system to directly and interactively develop entire processor-based digital systems on Altera's Stratix and Xilinx's Virtex -II FPGAs. These new daughter boards plug into a
unique FPGA-based development board that Altium calls a "NanoBoard" (nano-level breadboard), an essential part of Altium's LiveDesign methodology of interactive, real-time development and debugging of FPGA-based designs.
The swappable nature of the different daughter boards available for Altium's NanoBoard enables Altium to offer an FPGA vendor"independent solution for embedded system design that allows users to change the FPGA they are developing or implementing their designs on just by plugging in a different daughter board. "Nexar users can simply re-compile their existing projects to take advantage of the capacity and features of Stratix and Virtex-II FPGAs," said Nick Martin, Joint CEO and founder, Altium.
Martin continued: "To ensure Nexar customers have a wide variety of target devices to choose from we will continue to progressively roll-out daughter boards for popular FPGAs and related devices. We currently have Virtex-II Pro, Spartan 3 and Max II boards under development, with more to follow. Since we house all of the target programmable devices on plug-in daughter boards, our NanoBoard also gives engineers the freedom to easily change the target project architecture, providing the industry's only FPGA
vendor-independent FPGA development environment."
Altium's NanoBoard is currently delivered with two daughter boards included " the Xilinx Spartan-IIE and the Altera Cyclone daughter boards " for US$995. From today, the Altera Stratix and Xilinx Virtex-II daughter boards are available for purchase separately at US$495 each. However, as part of a current offer, customers that purchase a full Nexar license before June 30 receive both the NanoBoard and the choice of one of the two new daughter boards free.
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