Development Board suits FPGA-based reconfigurable computing.

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PROCSpark II features Cyclone II EP2C35 device, PCI bus, 64 Mbytes DRAM, and expansion connectors for up to 2 PDSB daughtercards. Cyclone FPGA provides up to 33,216 logic elements, 35 embedded multipliers, and over 483 Kbits of on-chip RAM. PCI bus allows for data transfers up to 400 Mbps and PSDBs provide expansion possibilities including CameraLink, digital video interface, RGB, digital signal processing processors, memory, or additional system interfaces.

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GiDEL Ships PROCSpark II Development Board Featuring Altera's Low-Cost FPGAs

PROCSpark II Board Delivers Reconfigurable Computing for High-Volume Applications

San Jose, Calif., May 25, 2005-Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and GiDEL Ltd., a leader in FPGA development boards, today announced the immediate availability of the PROCSpark II development platform featuring Altera's low-cost Cyclone(TM) II FPGAs. Designed for FPGA-based reconfigurable computing, the PROCSpark II system delivers reduced costs, high flexibility, shorter development times, and enhanced reliability for complex designs.

"Altera's industry-leading low-cost Cyclone II FPGAs enable PROCSpark II to address our customers' complex development needs," said Reuven Weintraub, president and CTO of GiDEL. "PROCSpark II's cost and performance is enhanced by GiDEL's unique development tools, making it fast and easy to achieve record-breaking performance for cost-sensitive applications."

The PROCSpark II platform features an Altera® Cyclone II EP2C35 device, a PCI bus, 64 Mbytes of DRAM, and expansion connectors for up to two daughtercards in the PROCStar II daughterboard (PSDB) format. The Cyclone II EP2C35 device provides up to 33,216 logic elements (LEs), 35 embedded multipliers, and over 483 Kbits of on-chip RAM. The PCI bus allows for data transfers up to 400 Mbps and the PSDBs provide expansion possibilities including: CameraLink, digital video interface (DVI), RGB, digital signal processing (DSP) processors, memory, or additional custom made system interfaces. These features combine to make PROCSpark II a powerful and versatile reconfigurable computing platform for high-volume applications such as powerful Frame Grabbers, in-house dedicated test equipment, medical imaging, military, industrial equipment, and education.

The PROCSpark II development platform can also be combined with GiDEL's PROCPak II development suite for improved time-to-market benefits. The PROCPak II development suite contains the PROCSpark II board, software, and intellectual property (IP), allowing designers to focus on their designs instead of spending time re-creating standard design components.

"Partnering with GiDEL has resulted in the development of a variety of ASIC prototyping solutions featuring the performance, density, and cost advantages of Altera's FPGAs," said Jack Ogawa, senior director of Altera's Partner Solutions Group. "The new PROCSpark II board with our Cyclone II device addresses the needs of system designers looking for an affordable platform to help bring their designs to market quickly."

GiDEL is also shipping the PROCStar II board featuring Altera's Stratix® II EP2S180 devices, the industry's fastest and highest-density FPGAs. The PROCStar II board is designed for rapid ASIC prototyping, research, and high-density applications. For more information about the PROCStar II board, please visit

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About GiDEL
GiDEL Ltd,, is a successful, profitable, and innovative company, which was founded in 1993. GiDEL has become one of the market leaders as a company that continuously provides cutting-edge reconfigurable technology utilizing FPGAs. GiDEL sees its customers as partners and uses its vast experience at the project level of FPGA design to focus on the success of its customers' projects.

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer of 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

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