See Demonstration of DSP Builder at SDR Forum
San Jose, Calif., Nov. 8, 2005—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced the availability of a new simulation capability for digital signal processing (DSP) designers with the release of DSP Builder version 5.1.Version 5.1 of the DSP Builder development tool enables designers to simulate an imported HDL design within The MathWorks Simulink environment — a first for Model-Based Design. Using this new capability, designers of high-speed digital applications can reduce their development time by combining their own HDL-based designs with existing Simulink and DSP Builder models.
“An important ingredient of Model-Based Design is the ability to simulate systems with HDL-based blocks. Altera has created a platform for high-speed DSP development on FPGAs that can shorten the verification process,” said Ken Karnofsky, marketing director, signal processing and communications at The MathWorks, Inc.
“DSP Builder allowed us to reduce development time by at least four months for our CT scanner product,” said Jason Katcha, senior engineer, GE Healthcare. “Using DSP Builder’s HDL import feature, we performed highly accurate system simulations with VHDL control-in-the-loop. DSP Builder allowed us to quickly create and optimize our control and we particularly liked the graphical user interface, multiple clock domains, and bus-width optimization capability.”
DSP Builder allows engineers to reduce the DSP design cycle by creating a hardware representation of a DSP design in an algorithm-friendly environment. Version 5.1 enables designers to incorporate multiple HDL modules or Quartus® II software design projects simultaneously, generating an individual simulation model for each one. This allows designers to simulate the HDL modules with a standard Simulink/DSP Builder-based model in the same design environment. In addition, the tool makes it possible to leverage and reuse existing designs, which is critical for simulating large control logic or complex state machine subsystems together with DSP Builder’s DSP data path.
“DSP Builder version 5.1, along with our existing DSP IP portfolio, helps our customers optimize high-performance DSP designs and reduce development time. At the same time, by fully leveraging the native simulation capability of Simulink, this latest version provides designers with a comprehensive system design flow for demanding DSP applications,” said Justin Cowling, Altera’s director of IP and technology marketing.
DSP Builder will be demonstrated in booth 211 at the SDR Forum at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, Calif., November 14-18.
Pricing and Availability
DSP Builder version 5.1 is available now to customers with a current DSP Builder subscription. DSP Builder subscription pricing is $1,995 and includes 12 months of software upgrades. A download of the DSP Builder tool is available for evaluation from Altera’s DSP solutions center at www.altera.com/dsp. Simulink is available today from The MathWorks at www.mathworks.com.
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.