San Jose, Calif. Altera Corp. has rolled out three development kits for its Cyclone II family of low-cost, second-generation FPGAs. The three kits cover the Nios II processor family, DSP, and PCI designs.
Of these, the Nios II development kit equips designers for system-on-programmable-chip (SoPC) development by providing Nios II embedded processors, system development tools, an integrated development environment, and a library of standard processor peripherals.
The DSP kit, which features Texas Instrumnents' ADS5500 family of analog-to-digital converters, facilitates designs for DSP coprocessing. It includes a DSP builder development tool, MathWorks' MATLAB/Simulink evaluation software, and evaluation cores.
The PCI kit includes a PCI short card with a universal (3.3- and 5-V) PCI edge connector and Windows software drivers. It serves as a development platform for 32- and 64-bit PCI, PCI-X, double data rate SDRAM, and intellectual property (IP) cores available through Altera's partners program.
In addition to Altera intellectual property, which includes a suite of interface cores; each kit includes a tailored Cyclone II development circuit board; Quartus II design software; a set of cables, including Altera's USBBlaster download cable; and CD-based documentation and reference designs.
All three Cyclone II development kits are available now and sell for $995 each.
Altera Corp., 1-408-544-7000, www.altera.com