San Jose, Ca. – In the newest upgrade of its Quartus II FPGA design tools, Altera claims a 20 percent reduction in compile times for multiprocessor versus single processor designs.
In addition, the new Version 7.2 incorporates a number of productivity and performance-focused enhancements.
A new Live I/O checking feature incorporates real-time pin-out validation to allow faster verification of pin placement and assignments. In addition new automatic insertion of adapters makes finishing Avalon Streaming designs quicker and easier.
A revamped component editor includes a faster GUI for adding custom components and support for Avalon Streaming. In addition to supporting both Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit editions with its Quartus II software, the new version also includes a new graphical state machine design entry tool.
Also improved are trigger condition settings which will allow faster capture of data based on a sequential set of events, speeding debug. In addition, Signal Tap II offers enhanced segmented acquisition for better use of the memory buffer, allowing for easier hardware
A new “clock-as-data” feature enables designers to analyze timing when clock signals are used as data, a feature not available in many timing analysis tools. In addition, TimeQuest's new waveform viewer enables designers to visualize timing relationships for faster timing closure.
Altera is also offering a new unified download and installation for the Subscription Edition on the Linux operating system to support faster software upgrades.
Both the Subscription Edition and free Web Edition of Quartus II software version 7.2 are now available for download. The Subscription Edition is also available in DVD format by request.
Under a new software subscription program which consolidates software products and maintenance charges into one annual subscription payment, developers receive Quartus II software, the ModelSim-Altera edition, and a full license to the IP Base Suite, which includes ten of Altera's most popular IP (DSP and memory) cores. The annual software subscription is $2,000 for a node-locked PC license.