Altera FPGAs and HardCopy Structured ASICs Enable Texas Instruments to Deliver Industry-Leading Display Features
San Jose, Calif., May 16, 2005—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that Texas Instruments (TI) leveraged Altera® solutions to bring its Digital Light Processing™ (DLP™) technology to the consumer market, heralding a new generation of exciting TV products. TI has integrated Altera devices, including HardCopy® structured ASICs, Cyclone™ FPGAs, and Stratix®
FPGAs, into its 720p and 1080p DLP TV chipsets. TI provides its DLP components to television manufacturers, enabling them to bring the highest quality visual experience to consumers.
“Altera solutions provide us with the flexibility to respond rapidly to changing market demands while maintaining the cost-effectiveness to address customer needs,” said John Van Scoter, senior vice president of TI, and general manager of DLP Products. “By enabling TI to quickly deliver leading-edge display features, Altera’s FPGAs and HardCopy structured ASICs provide us with a critical time-to-market advantage, allowing our customers to offer the latest advances in television technology.”
TI initially chose Cyclone devices for their 720p DLP product. Cyclone devices met TI’s performance goals with the lowest speed grade device, resulting in the maximum cost/performance benefit. Cyclone devices were also readily available in high-volume quantities, a critical requirement for the consumer markets in which DLP technology is being enthusiastically received. Following the success of their 720p DLP product, TI adopted Stratix devices and HardCopy structured ASICs for their 1080p DLP product. The high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities of Altera’s devices bolster the advanced video processing required to deliver the finest full HDTV picture quality at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolutions.
“By delivering comprehensive DLP-based solutions to their customers, TI has established the foundation for a whole host of new display products that enable consumers everywhere to experience the best visual quality,” said John Daane, Altera’s president and CEO. “Developers of consumer technology are increasingly relying on Altera programmable logic to bring industry-leading innovations to fruition while shortening their design cycles. Reflecting this trend, the competitive edge that Altera provides to TI’s DLP products reinforces their leadership position in the display space.”
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world’s pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at www.altera.com.
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