PLDApplications' Core Targets Stratix FPGAs for Fastest Programmable
Aix-en-Provence, France and San Jose, Calif., October 30, 2002--PLDApplications,
a Premier Altera Megafunction Partners Program (AMPPSM) partner, and Altera
Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced the immediate availability of
a 133-MHz PCI-X intellectual property (IP) core targeted for Altera's Stratix™
FPGAs. The combination of PLDApplications' PCI-X core and Altera's industry-leading
Stratix device family provides the only programmable solution on the market
today that is able to achieve 133-MHz performance.
Altera was the first to introduce a PCI-X core for FPGAs in 1999, shortly
after the specifications for the high-speed interface were approved. Since
that time, PCI-based systems have been migrating towards PCI-X to take advantage
of the higher performance while maintaining backward software compatibility.
In its August, 2002 "Advanced Bus and Interface Markets and Trends" report,
Electronic Trend Publications forecasts total PCI-X semiconductor revenue
to be $200 million for 2003, up from $84 million this year.
"Altera's high-performance FPGAs combined with PLDApplications' expertise
in the field of high-speed interface IP development offers a perfect combination
for our customers," said Craig Lytle, vice president of Altera's intellectual
property business unit. "The release of the PCI-X core adds to PLDApplications'
current industry-leading portfolio of high-quality intellectual property."
In announcing both silicon and off-the-shelf IP achieving 133-MHz PCI-X,
Altera and PLDApplications are the first to provide system designers with
the performance necessary to achieve existing design requirements in storage
and communications applications.
"Due to its performance and advanced I/O support, Altera's Stratix devices
provide an ideal platform for bridging high-speed interfaces like PCI-X,"
said Arnaud Schleich, vice president of marketing at PLDApplications. "With
Stratix devices shipping today, we are able to meet our customer's immediate
needs for 133-MHz PCI-X applications."
About PLDApplications' 133-MHz PCI-X Core
The PLDApplications PCI-X core supports 32-bit or 64-bit modes, master and
target functionality, 64-bit addressing, burst transfers, parameterizable
configuration space, and up to 4 independent DMA channels with rotating priority.
It is fully compliant with the PCI-X addendum to the PCI local bus specification,
revision 1.0b, and with PCI Power Management revision 1.1. A typical configuration
uses 3,500 logic elements (LEs). For additional information and a full feature
list, visit the Altera web site at www.altera.com/products/ip/ampp/plda/m-pld-pcix_mastarg_3264.html.
The PLDApplications' 133-MHz PCI-X solution is available now and pricing
starts at $16,990 for a node-locked encrypted netlist. An OpenCore®
free test drive is available at www.plda.com.
About Stratix Devices
Stratix devices are based on a 1.5-V, 0.13-µm, all-layer copper SRAM
process, with densities ranging from 10,570 to 114,140 LEs and up to 10 Mbits
of RAM. Stratix devices offer up to 28 digital signal processing (DSP) blocks
with up to 224 embedded multipliers, optimized for DSP applications that
require high data processing. Stratix devices support various differential
I/O electrical standards such as the LVDS, LVPECL, PCML, and HyperTransport™
standards, as well as high-speed interfaces, including the UTOPIA IV,
SPI-4 Phase 2, SFI-4, 10G Ethernet XSBI, RapidIO™, HyperTransport, and
others. Stratix devices also offer a complete clock management solution with
its hierarchical clock structure and up to 12 phase-locked loops (PLLs).
More technical information about the Stratix device family is available
PLDApplications provides high-performance IP cores for FPGAs or ASICs. The
company was ranked the third PCI IP core vendor worldwide by Gartner Dataquest
in 2000. PLDApplications also delivers PCI and CompactPCI boards for data
acquisition, imaging, networking, industrial automation, and process control
applications. These solutions are distributed worldwide. For more information,
please visit www.plda.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.