HuMANDATA introduced their EDA-301 USB-FPGA board. The EDA-301 features the Altera Cyclone IV E FPGA (EP4CE15F17C8N), 5.0 V external input or USB bus power, and 56 user I/O’s, which are divided into two I/O banks. The configurable PCB includes on-board oscillators, user switches and LEDs. It measures 53 mm x 54 mm, and can be easily swapped for a different FPGA/CPLD board.
Altera and Eutecus teamed together on a FPGA-based video analytics solution. It is based on the Cyclone IV FPGA and features the Eutecus’ Multi-Core Video Analytics Engine (MVE) intellectual property (IP). The MVE performs the analytics functions in the FPGA. Their solution is the first FPGA-based full-HD 1080p/(30 frames per second) 30fps video analytics on a Cyclone IV FPGA. The IP and FPGA can be purchased directly from Altera, which simplifies the development of a video surveillance system.
Terasic Technologies introduced the DE0-Nano FPGA development and education board for prototyping circuit designs. The DE0-Nano board features an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA, 32 MB of SDRAM, 2 Kb EEPROM, 16 Mb serial configuration memory device, National Semiconductor 8-channel 12-bit A/D converter, Analog Devices 13-bit 3-axis accelerometer, built-in USB Blaster for FPGA programming, two push-buttons, eight user LEDs, four dip-switches, and expansion headers. Source code for the components on the FPGA board are also included.
Altera has begun production shipment of Cyclone IV FPGA devices. Altera’s Cyclone IV FPGAs are designed for cost-sensitive, small form-factor applications in the wireless, wireline, broadcast, industrial and consumer markets. The smallest Cyclone IV devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, are priced as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250K unit quantities.
Altera unveiled version 9.1 of their Quartus II software for CPLD, FPGA and HardCopy ASIC designs. Both the Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of the Quartus II software version 9.1 are currently available for download. Quartus II software subscribers receive the ModelSim Altera Starter Edition and a full license to the IP Base Suite, which includes 14 of Altera’s most popular IP (DSP and memory) cores. The annual software subscription is $2,495 for a node-locked PC license and is available for purchase at Altera’s eStore or from authorized distributors.
Altera introduced the Cyclone IV FPGA family. The Cyclone IV FPGA family supports mainstream serial protocols while offering low cost, low power, and a rich supply of logic, memory and DSP capabilities. The EP4CGX15 and EP4C115E, the first Cyclone IV GX and Cyclone IV E devices respectively, will ship in the first quarter of 2010. Budgetary pricing for the smallest devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, will start as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250K unit quantities in 2010. the FPGAs are ideal for high-volume, cost-sensitive applications.