Profile: Altera Corp (ALTR.O)

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Altera Corporation, incorporated on March 25, 1997, is a semiconductor company. The Company designs and sells a variety of products, including programmable logic devices (PLDs), highly integrated power devices, pre-defined design building blocks and development software. PLDs consist of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), including those referred to as systems-on-chip FPGAs (SoC FPGAs), which incorporate hard embedded processor cores, and complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs). FPGAs and CPLDs are semiconductor integrated circuits, or chips, that the Company’s customers program to perform desired logic and processing functions in their electronic systems. Highly integrated power devices, known as power system-on-chip devices (PowerSoCs), which simplify and drive the miniaturization of power circuitry found in the electronic systems of the Company’s PLD customers. Pre-defined design building blocks, known as intellectual property (IP) cores, which can be licensed by customers to add standard functions to their PLD designs. Development software, which operates on personal computers and engineering workstations, is used by customers to develop, compile and verify their designs, and then program their designs into the Company’s PLDs. The Company’s products consist of devices, IP cores and development tools. The Company markets its products across the world through a network of distributors, independent sales representatives and direct sales personnel.


The Company’s devices fall into four categories: FPGAs, including SoC FPGAs that incorporate hard embedded processors, CPLDs, PowerSoCs, HardCopy ASICs and Configuration devices that store the programming code for the Company’s FPGAs. The Company’s Stratix product families are built using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology and address a range of applications requiring system integration across all the Company’s markets. Stratix FPGAs provide Its Stratix V GX and Stratix V GT FPGAs offer transceiver solutions for applications that require, multi-gigabit serial data transfer rates of up to 28 gigabytes per second (Gbps). The Company’s Stratix V GS FPGAs are used for applications variable precision digital signal processor (DSP).

The Company’s Arria product families are built using CMOS process technology and enable a transceiver-based design for applications data transfer protocols. Its Arria 10 FPGAs and SoC FPGAs are built using 20 nanometers (nm) process technology and provide 28 Gbps transceiver capability, 1.5 GHz ARM hard processor system performance. The Company’s 28nm-based Arria V GX FPGAs are used for high-bandwidth systems across all of the Company’s markets, while it’s Arria V SoC FPGAs integrate a 32 bit dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and an ARM-based hard processor system consisting of processor, peripherals and memory interfaces with the FPGA fabric using a high-bandwidth.

The Company’s Cyclone product families are built using CMOS process technology. Its Cyclone IV and Cyclone V FPGAs use low-power process technology. Additionally, its Cyclone V GX FPGAs incorporate up to 12 integrated transceivers with data rates up to five Gbps. The Company’s Cyclone V SoC FPGAs integrate a 32 bit dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and an ARM-based hard processor system consisting of processor, peripherals and memory interfaces with the FPGA fabric using a high-bandwidth.

The Company’s MAX families are the volatile devices that are used in general purpose and portable designs for a range of electronics equipment. Its FLASH technology-based MAX 10 FPGAs revolutionize non-volatile integration by delivering processing form factor device. MAX 10 FPGAs also feature solutions, such as Nios II soft core embedded processor support, DSP blocks and soft DDR3 memory controllers.

The Company’s Enpirion products deliver PowerSoC direct current (DC) to DC converters featuring integrated inductors. Enpirion PowerSoC devices are used in conjunction with the Company’s FPGAs to provide customers a solution for system integration and power management in all of the Company’s end markets including enterprise server, storage, communications, industrial, and test and measurement applications.

Intellectual Property Cores

IP cores are pre-verified building blocks that execute system-level functions. A soft IP core is a licensed design file that the Company’s customers incorporate into their design and program onto the PLD. Customers integrate IP cores in their PLD designs with its development software. Soft IP cores available for use in the Company’s devices include its Nios series of embedded processors, its portfolio of MegaCore functions that the Company licenses to its customers, and the Company’s Altera Megafunction Partners Program (AMPPSM) cores, which are pre-verified by the Company and licensed to its customers by third parties.

The Company offers a range of soft IP cores for DSP algorithms, bus interfaces, memory controllers, telecommunications, data communications, microprocessors and peripherals. Before licensing a soft IP core, customers can download an encrypted soft IP core from the Company’s Website and verify that it works in their own system designs.

Development Tools

The Company’s development tools provide support of both hardware and software programming environments. PLD users implement their designs within a hardware programming environment in which a hardware description language is employed. Designers use the Company’s development tools on a variety of computing platforms, including Microsoft Windows, UNIX (including Solaris and HP-UX), and Linux operating environments, with built-in interfaces to industry-standard EDA tools offered by Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Mentor Graphics Corporation, Synopsys, Inc. and others.

The Company competes with Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Microsemi Corporation and Xilinx Inc.

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Altera Corp

SAN JOSE   CA   95134
P: +1408.5448790
F: +1302.6365454

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