Development Board features PC/104 form factor.

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Constellation-20KE(TM) Development System provides support for one million logic gate APEX family PLD. It includes ISA and USB interfaces as well as flash programmable memory. ISA and USB connectivity allow designs to be directly downloaded from PC into PLD and then simulated using real-time hardware. System can be used as a Digital Pattern Generator, Bit Error Rate Tester, or Vector Waveform Generator.



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Development Board for Altera's One Million Logic Gate Capacity APEX PLD



Cincinnati, OH, November 27, 2001 - Nova Engineering, Inc. introduces the Constellation-20KE(TM) Development System supporting Altera's one million logic gate PLD (Programmable Logic Device). This new Constellation-20KE expands Nova Engineering's wide selection of reasonably priced, feature-rich development boards based on Altera's APEX and FLEX line of advanced PLDs.

The first Constellation development board to provide support for a one million logic gate APEX family PLD, the Constellation-20KE is fabricated in the compact (3.6" x 3.8" x 0.6"), industry-standard PC/104 form factor. In addition, the development board includes ISA and USB interfaces as well as flash programmable memory. This powerful development board can be re-used in a variety of product development tasks, such as rapid prototyping, hardware acceleration, and custom test equipment. The price of the million-gate version Constellation-20KE board including the PLD starts under $3,000. Other versions of Constellation boards start as low as $494.

Constellation development boards reduce time-to-market and improve product quality by providing functional hardware early in the development cycle, allowing time to evaluate and refine product designs. Rapid prototyping can also be used to complement long ASIC design cycles. In addition, Constellation-
based rapid prototypes can be used for technology or feasibility demonstrations.

Constellation products improve designer productivity by dramatically reducing simulation times. Constellation's ISA and USB connectivity allow designs to be directly downloaded from a PC into the PLD and then simulated using real-time hardware, reducing simulation time from hours to seconds. Constellation boards perform a wide variety of test functions when connected to a host PC through its USB interface. For example, Constellation can be used as a Digital Pattern Generator, Bit Error Rate Tester, or Vector Waveform Generator. Furthermore, the board can be embedded in production or custom test fixtures to automate and reduce the cost of testing.

Constellation is further enhanced when combined with Megafunctions(TM) IP Cores from Altera's Megafunction Partner Program (AMPP). Nova Engineering is one of two Premier members of AMPP and specializes in communication IP cores. Availability is immediate.

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