Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, John Basso, Kevin Benedict

News Feed Item

Altera Quartus II Software Version 12.1 Accelerates System Development with Enhanced High-Level Design Flows

Addition of Altera's SDK for OpenCL to Altera's High-level Design Flows Improves Designer Productivity and Increases System Performance

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced the release of its Quartus® II software version 12.1, the industry's number one design suite in performance and productivity for CPLD, FPGA, SoC FPGA and HardCopy® ASIC designs. The latest version strengthens the Quartus II software's high-level design environment by continuing to ease traditional hardware development tasks so users can maximize productivity while benefiting from the broad range of leading-edge capabilities of Altera devices. Quartus II software version 12.1 bolsters its support for high-level design flows with the inclusion of an SDK for OpenCL™, and enhancements to both its Qsys system integration tool and DSP Builder model based design environment. Also included in the latest software release are several enhancements, such as a partial reconfiguration design flow, new intellectual property (IP) cores and expanded support for 28 nm FPGAs and SoC FPGAs. These enhancements further enable customers' to rapidly design, implement and get to market using Altera® devices.

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101012/SF78952LOGO)

Accelerating System Development with High-level Design Tools
The high-level design tools Altera offers include system-level C-based, IP-based and model-based design entry systems. These tools support and simplify the development of today's advanced programmable systems, which include CPU cores, digital signal processing (DSP) blocks and multiple IP sub-systems. The addition of an SDK for OpenCL allows system developers and programmers familiar with C to quickly and easily develop high-performance, power-efficient FPGA-based applications using an open high-level programming language. The SDK for OpenCL reduces hardware design complexities and allows software programmers familiar with C to target FPGAs.

Enhancements made to Altera's Qsys system integration tool and DSP Builder tool provide further design productivity and system performance benefits to users. Qsys features expanded support for industry-standard ARM® AXI3 and AXI4 protocols, and DSP Builder provides expanded support for seven different floating point precisions, including IEEE 754 half, single and double precision support. Further simplifying system design, the latest Quartus II software release includes a 100G Interlaken IP core to enable high-speed chip-to-chip packet transfers and a new video trace monitor IP core for video processing applications.

"As FPGAs continue to integrate additional capabilities through silicon convergence, Altera's development tools can dramatically increase designer productivity by offering higher levels of design abstraction such as OpenCL," said Alex Grbic, director of software, DSP and IP marketing at Altera. "Altera continues to be at the forefront of delivering industry-leading development tools and IP, providing our customers with the fastest path from ideas to implemented systems."

Included in the Quartus II software version 12.1 is the first production release of Altera's new partial reconfiguration design flow for Stratix® V FPGAs. Partial reconfiguration provides the flexibility to change the device's core functionality on the fly while other portions of the FPGA design are still running. Designers store different functions in external memory and load them into the FPGA as needed, allowing customers to reduce the size of the FPGA used in their system, saving board space and cost and reducing power consumption.

The Quartus II software version 12.1 also includes a variety of additional enhancements, including support for new devices. Several new 28 nm Stratix V, Arria® V and Cyclone® V FPGAs and SoC FPGAs are supported in this release, including full support for Arria V GZ FPGAs. To see a list of all the new features in this software release, visit www.altera.com/whatsnew.

Pricing and Availability
Both the Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of Quartus II software v12.1 are now available for download. Altera's software subscription program simplifies obtaining Altera design software by consolidating software products and maintenance charges into one annual subscription payment. Subscribers receive Quartus II software, the ModelSim®-Altera Starter edition and a full license to the IP Base Suite, which includes 15 of Altera's most popular IP (DSP and memory) cores. The annual software subscription is $2,995 for a node-locked PC license and is available for purchase at Altera's eStore. The SDK for OpenCL is currently available to customers through an early access program by contacting your local Altera sales representative.

About Altera
Altera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate, and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGA, CPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and RSS.

ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS and STRATIX words and logos are trademarks of Altera Corporation and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc. used by permission by Khronos. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective holders as described at www.altera.com/legal.

Editor Contact:
Steve Gabriel
Altera Corporation
(408) 544-6846
[email protected]

SOURCE Altera Corporation

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of ...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Traditional IT, great for stable systems of record, is struggling to cope with newer, agile systems of engagement requirements coming straight from the business. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, William Morrish, General Manager of Product Sales at Interoute, outlined ways of exploiting new architectures to enable both systems and building them to support your existing platforms, with an eye for the future. Technologies such as Docker and the hyper-convergence of computing, networking and sto...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus...
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, discussed the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filterin...
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, ...
Early adopters of IoT viewed it mainly as a different term for machine-to-machine connectivity or M2M. This is understandable since a prerequisite for any IoT solution is the ability to collect and aggregate device data, which is most often presented in a dashboard. The problem is that viewing data in a dashboard requires a human to interpret the results and take manual action, which doesn’t scale to the needs of IoT.
Internet of @ThingsExpo has announced today that Chris Matthieu has been named tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 6thInternet of @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even though they mean different things and have very different connotations. Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformative effort is likely to also have a modernizing effect, and thus, we can see these as levels of improvement efforts. However, many businesses are being led to believe if they don’t transform now they risk becoming ...
CenturyLink has announced that application server solutions from GENBAND are now available as part of CenturyLink’s Networx contracts. The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Networx program includes the largest telecommunications contract vehicles ever awarded by the federal government. CenturyLink recently secured an extension through spring 2020 of its offerings available to federal government agencies via GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. GENBAND’s EXPERiUS™ Application...
What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof? Let’s talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, an IBM company, spoke about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.
SYS-CON Events announced today the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp, being held November 1-2, 2016, in conjunction with 19th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but with hands-on demos and detailed walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of real world use cases prototyped using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark, and Intel Edison. Y...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
The best-practices for building IoT applications with Go Code that attendees can use to build their own IoT applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Indraneel Mitra, Senior Solutions Architect & Technology Evangelist at Cognizant, provided valuable information and resources for both novice and experienced developers on how to get started with IoT and Golang in a day. He also provided information on how to use Intel Arduino Kit, Go Robotics API and AWS IoT stack to build an application tha...
It’s 2016: buildings are smart, connected and the IoT is fundamentally altering how control and operating systems work and speak to each other. Platforms across the enterprise are networked via inexpensive sensors to collect massive amounts of data for analytics, information management, and insights that can be used to continuously improve operations. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Chemel, Co-Founder and CTO of Digital Lumens, will explore: The benefits sensor-networked systems bring to ...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Venafi, the Immune System for the Internet™ and the leading provider of Next Generation Trust Protection, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Venafi is the Immune System for the Internet™ that protects the foundation of all cybersecurity – cryptographic keys and digital certificates – so they can’t be misused by bad guys in attacks...
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.