Altera Corporation

As the pioneer in programmable logic solutions, Altera Corporation delivers innovative technologies that system designers can count on to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate, and win in their markets. With its fabless business model, Altera can focus on developing technologically advanced products that meet their customers unique design requirements.
Altera offerings include:

  • The industry’s most advanced FPGAs, CPLDs, and HardCopy® ASICs
  • A common, productivity-enhancing software development environment
  • Intellectual property (IP) cores, development kits, reference designs, and design examples
  • Training classes and support services


Stratix® series FPGAs are Altera's highest density, highest bandwidth devices, ideal for high-end applications. For mid-range applications, Arria® series FPGAs provide an ideal fit, with their balance of performance, power, and cost. Cyclone® series FPGAs are their lowest cost, lowest power FPGAs, suited for high-volume applications.


Altera’s MAX® series of CPLDs are the industry’s lowest power, lowest cost CPLDs. With their non-volatile architecture, the devices are ideal for functions such as I/O expansion, interface bridging, analog control, and more in general purpose and portable designs in a wide variety of market segments.

HardCopy ASICs

Altera CorporationPin- and package-compatible with Stratix series FPGAs, Altera’s HardCopy series ASICs enable system designers to take their designs from the prototyping stage to volume production quickly and with minimal risk. Designers can create one design with one methodology, one tool, and one set of IP cores. With HardCopy ASICs, designers can deliver their products 9 to 12 months faster vs. other ASIC methodologies.

Common Design Environment

Altera’s devices are supported by a common design environment—the Quartus® II design software. Quartus II software is the industry’s number one software in performance and productivity for CPLD, FPGA, and HardCopy ASIC designs. It includes many features that enable faster system development and more design reuse.

Design Resources

To help design engineers create unique products that meet their time-to-market goals, Altera offers an array of design resources. Off-the-shelf, configurable IP cores from Altera and its partners save development effort and time. Development kits, also from Altera and its partners, serve as prototyping and evaluation platforms. With reference designs and design examples, design engineers can jump-start their design process.

For engineers who want to sharpen their competitive edge, Altera offers a comprehensive catalog of online, instructor-led, and virtual training classes. And, they offer support services when engineers need guidance through the design process.

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