|Rhondalee Rohleder |
| ||Kristin Hehir |
Tsantes & Associates
Altera Ships Two New Intellectual Property Cores Targeting the Communications Market
San Jose, Calif., September 13, 1999 -
- Reed-Solomon Encoder/Decoder and Symbol Interleaver/Deinterleaver Cores Target Communications Applications
- Altera MegaWizard(tm) Plug-Ins Enable Fast, Easy Parameterized Design
- OpenCore(tm) Feature Provides Risk-Free Evaluation of Megafunctions
- Optimized for APEX(tm) and FLEX(r) Device Architectures
Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced that it is shipping two new intellectual property cores that were developed internally through its MegaCore(tm) program. The new megafunctions, which add significantly to Altera's DSP offerings, include a Reed-Solomon Encoder/Decoder and a Symbol Interleaver/Deinterleaver. Both cores are widely used in error detection and correction systems and are ideal for use in applications such as mobile and satellite communications, deep-space communications, digital video and audio broadcast, and data storage and retrieval systems.
The Reed-Solomon Encoder/Decoder and the Symbol Interleaver/Deinterleaver functions are supported by both Altera's MAX+PLUS(r) II and Quartus(tm) development systems. These development systems provide designers with a complete design automation solution, including design entry, synthesis, place-and-route, simulation, timing analysis, and device programming. "These two megafunctions, combined with our devices and software, contribute to providing our customers with a complete System-on-a-Programmable Chip(tm) solution unmatched by anyone in the industry," said Craig Lytle, senior director of Altera's Intellectual Property Business Unit. "The growth opportunities for programmable logic in the communications market is being fueled by high-performance and high bandwidth applications. These two cores expand on the Altera promise of providing programmable solutions that deliver the high performance, easy customization, and fast time-to-market that communication system designers require."
Reed-Solomon Encoder/Decoder Megafunction
The Reed-Solomon Encoder/Decoder megafunction is widely used for error detection and correction. In an error correction system, the Reed-Solomon encoder adds parity symbols to the data stream prior to its transmission over a communications channel. Once the data has been received, the Reed-Solomon decoder determines if there are errors present and corrects them if possible. The Altera Reed-Solomon megafunction is fully parameterizable through the MegaWizard(tm) Plug-In feature. The megafunction is compiled with user-specified parameters, yielding an optimized netlist for the specified code. The MegaWizard Plug-In also allows the user to generate valid field polynomials, and create test vectors based on the parameters. The Reed-Solomon MegaCore function is delivered with a compiled VHDL RTL model for efficient simulation in the user's system.
Symbol Interleaver/Deinterleaver Megafunction
Interleaving is a standard DSP function used in many communication systems and improves the efficiency of Reed-Solomon encoders/decoders by mitigating the effects of burst noise. The Symbol Interleaver/Deinterleaver MegaCore function operates in the same frequency range used by Reed-Solomon encoders/decoders and supports continuous and discrete modes, making the function compatible with Altera's Reed-Solomon core. The MegaWizard Plug-In feature, provided with the megafunction, makes it possible to easily choose simple settings such as symbol width, number of branches, and unit delay element. Together with the Reed-Solomon core, designers can efficiently build forward error correction functions as described, for example, in the UMTS or DVB802 specifications.
Parameterized Megafunctions via MegaWizard Plug-Ins
Altera is the first PLD vendor to offer customers the capability to alter key megafunction parameters without restricting the end user's design flow. MegaWizard(tm) Plug-Ins allow users to customize megafunctions to meet specific design objectives, greatly reducing the time spent specifying a custom function. In addition, MegaWizard parameters can be passed through to third-party design tools, providing a highly integrated design solution.
The MegaWizard Plug-In capability is available in both Altera's fourth-generation Quartus development environment and in the MAX+PLUS II development system. Both software platforms provide seamless integration with tools from Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Viewlogic, and other leading EDA vendors.
Availability and Pricing
Both the Reed-Solomon Encoder/Decoder and Symbol Interleaver/Deinterleaver MegaCores are shipping now. The Reed-Solomon Encoder/Decoder (ordering code: PLSM-RSCODEC) is priced at $5,995. The Symbol Interleaver/Deinterleaver (ordering code: PLSM-INLV) is priced at $3,995. Both products come complete with user guides. Customers can evaluate megafunctions for free prior to licensing via Altera's OpenCore(tm) feature, available at http://www.altera.com/IPmegastore.
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