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Quartus II software upgraded

Posted: 05 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGAs  HardCopy ASICs  CPLDs  design environment 

Improved functional simulation support

In conjunction with the Quartus II software version 9.0, Altera unveiled the ModelSim Altera Starter Edition. Replacing the ModelSim Altera Web Edition, this enhanced functional simulator delivers is claimed to offer several improvements to Altera customers, including 50 per cent faster simulation speeds, support for all Altera devices, and operating system support for Linux and Windows Vista platforms.

The ModelSim Altera Starter Edition is integrated into the Quartus II software subscription and is also available free of charge to Quartus II Web Edition customers.

For designers requiring a full-featured simulation environment, Altera now separately offers the ModelSim Altera Edition, which was previously available only through a full Quartus II software subscription. The ModelSim Altera Edition is claimed to deliver to users 33 per cent faster simulation speeds compared to the ModelSim Altera Starter Edition, with no restrictions in design size.

A Beta Version of the Quartus II software version 9.0 is currently available for download.

On March 9, 2009, Altera will release the 9.0 production version of Quartus II software, the ModelSim Altera Edition and the ModelSim Altera Starter Edition. ModelSim Altera Edition will be available for a price of Rs.46,984.63 ($945) per seat.

Quartus II software subscribers receive the ModelSim Altera Starter Edition and a full licence to the IP Base Suite, which includes 11 of Altera's most popular IP (DSP and memory) cores. The annual software subscription is Rs.1.24 lakh ($2,495) for a node-locked PC licence and is available for purchase at Altera's eStore or from authorised distributors.

-Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine


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