DSP Builder Version 2.2 expands access to Altera DSP IP

SEPTEMBER 10--Altera Corporation (San Jose, CA) has introduced version 2.2 of its DSP Builder development tool, enabling digital-signal-processing (DSP) designers to take full advantage of Altera's new high-performance Stratix II and low-cost Cyclone II device families.

SEPTEMBER 10--Altera Corporation (San Jose, CA) has introduced version 2.2 of its DSP Builder development tool, enabling digital-signal-processing (DSP) designers to take full advantage of Altera's new high-performance Stratix II and low-cost Cyclone II device families. Supporting Altera's rich DSP MegaCore intellectual property (IP) portfolio, the new version also supports MATLAB 7 and Simulink 6 software packages included in The MathWorks Release 14. The new release of DSP Builder also includes a color space converter IP core and an edge-detection reference design featuring a two-dimensional filter to help accelerate the development of video and image processing designs using Simulink.

"Adoption of Simulink for FPGA designs targeting DSP applications continues to accelerate," said Ken Karnofsky, marketing director for signal processing and communications at The MathWorks Inc. "By extending its powerful DSP IP portfolio to DSP Builder, Altera has delivered a strong set of optimized FPGA libraries for filtering, transforms, and forward error correction. DSP Builder version 2.2 combined with Altera's feature-rich Stratix II DSP development kit provides an ideal platform for accelerating DSPs with FPGA co-processors."

DSP designs implemented in Stratix II FPGAs can deliver 1.3-μs fast-Fourier-transform performance and more than 300-MHz finite impulse response filtering performance. In addition, the forward error correction requirements for the 802.16d broadband wireless standard can be implemented in the smallest Cyclone II device using the Viterbi and Reed-Solomon cores available with DSP Builder version 2.2, enabling low-cost wireless design for cost-sensitive markets.

DSP Builder version 2.2 is available now to customers with a current DSP Builder subscription. DSP Builder subscription pricing is $1995 and includes 12 months of software upgrades. A one-year license is included with Altera's new DSP Development Kit, Stratix II Edition. A download of the DSP Builder tool is available for evaluation from Altera's DSP solutions center at www.altera.com/dsp. Simulink and MATLAB are available today from The MathWorks at www.mathworks.com.


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