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Altera and Eureka Technology Announce Delivery of First 64-bit PCI Master/Target Megafunction

• Cost-optimized for FLEX®10K and FLEX6K 6000 devices
• Supports data transfer rates up to 266 Mbytes/second

Los Altos, Calif., (May 26, 1998) -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) and AMPPSM partner Eureka Technology Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.) today announced delivery of the first 64-bit PCI Master/Target solution optimized for programmable logic. Eureka's megafunction, the EC-240, has been optimized for both the Altera® FLEX 10K and FLEX 6000 families; the first implementation was on an Altera EPF10K30A device that sells for $18 in high volume.

The 64-bit PCI Master/Target megafunction, designed in synthesizable HDL, requires only 950 logic cells and zero embedded array blocks. The function operates at 33 MHz, in compliance with PCI Local Bus Specification Rev. 2.1. It also sustains burst transfers up to 266 Mbytes/second. Altera verifies the performance of all megafunctions offered by its AMPP partners.

"This is a cutting-edge megafunction solution which occupies only 55% of the logic on a EPF10K30A device," said Bob Beachler, Altera's director of development tools marketing. "The FLEX 10K family is ideal for applications requiring a DMA controller or FIFO, embedded memory functions that can be mapped into the embedded array blocks. For customers who do not need to use embedded memory in their design, an implementation on an EPF6016 device is even more cost-effective, occupying 72% of a device priced at $10 in high volume."

Advanced PCI Master/Target Megafunction

The 64-bit PCI Master/Target megafunction is a bus interface unit designed for efficiently interfacing between the PCI bus and any user-configurable back-end device. The megafunction operates as a bi-directional PCI bus interface, performing all data transfers necessary for the user-defined back-end device to access PCI memory or I/O. PCI access is initiated by a bus-mastering device, such as a video coprocessor or a DMA controller, via the back-end interface of the EC-240. To support this environment, the megafunction comes with a set of back-end design templates available in Altera Hardware Description Language or VHDL.

"By providing the 64-bit PCI Master Target megafunction, we are helping design engineers stay on the leading edge of PCI bus system development," said Simon Lau, president of Eureka Technology. "The EC-240 addresses the needs of very high bandwidth applications such as real-time imaging and communication base stations.

Pricing & Availability

The 64-bit PCI Master/Target megafunction is currently available for evaluation via Altera's OpenCore capability, at no charge, through Eureka Technology's homepage on the worldwide web at Pricing for an encrypted netlist begins at $11,750. In addition to the megafunction, Eureka also offers a constraint file for timing and fitting, a simulation file, and an installation guide.

About AMPP

The Altera Megafunction Partners Program, established in August 1995, was created to bring the advantages of design reuse to users of Altera PLDs. AMPP is an alliance between Altera and developers of megafunctions that encourages megafunction development. Altera provides technical information and training to the AMPP partners, who create megafunctions targeted for Altera programmable logic devices. More information about AMPP is available on the Altera web site at

About Eureka

Eureka Technology Inc. is a leading intellectual property (IP) developer for electronics and integrated circuit design. The company offers a wide range of silicon-proven products in the areas of PCI and PowerPC bus controller functions and core logic functions in the form of reusable design cores. These synthesizble cores are designed to improve the engineering time-to-market delay and reduce design cost of electronic system, Programmable Logic Devices (PLD) and Applications Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) development. Founded in 1993, the company has strong customer base in the United States, Japan and Europe. For more information about Eureka Technology and its products, please contact the company at 650.960.3800 or by company web site at

About Altera

Altera Corporation, founded in 1983, is a worldwide leader in high-performance, high-density programmable logic devices and associated computer aided engineering (CAE) logic development tools. Programmable logic devices are semiconductor chips that offer on-site programmability to customers. The chips are programmed using tools that run on personal computers or engineering workstations. User benefits include ease of use, lower risk, and fast time-to-market. The company offers the broadest line of CMOS programmable logic devices that address high-speed, high-density, and low-power applications. Altera products serve a broad range of markets, including telecommunications, data communications, computers, and industrial applications. Altera common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol ALTR. More information on Altera can be obtained on the worldwide web at


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