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ALTERA'S QUARTUS II SUPPORTS RED HAT'S LINUX 7.1.

Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR), San Jose, Calif., has announced that its Quartus(R) II version 2.0 design software now supports Red Hat's Linux version 7.1 operating system. Available immediately, this release is the industry's first native Linux port, allowing programmable logic device (PLD) designers to take advantage of more efficient distributed computing platforms. With this capability, Altera customers can use low-cost Linux-based server farms to reduce development costs and improve productivity.

"Engineers are using high performance distributed networks for high-density PLD design," said Tim Southgate, vice president of software and tools marketing at Altera. "Linux-based workstations offer a low-cost, high-capacity alternative for design engineers who prefer a UNIX environment. The Quartus II 2.0 software is the best PLD design software currently available for the Linux operating system."

Altera designed the Linux edition of the Quartus II software to run directly on the Linux operating system (OS) without the need for any additional software, such as the WINE Windows compatibility layer. As a result, the Quartus II software offers superior performance and does not require the user to install any additional programs. Linux-based systems utilize a standard PC architecture, providing a solution that is approximately half of the cost of other UNIX-based systems while still offering faster application performance.

Linux Offers Powerful Distributed Computing Solution

Many design engineers take advantage of Linux's ability to support compute farms, which make the OS ideal for cycle intensive tasks required for today's system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) designs. By adding Linux support to the Quartus II design software, Altera offers customers a complete design flow on a single platform. The Quartus II software can now take advantage of workload management solutions like Platform LSF software from Platform Computing to effectively manage complex computing tasks to reduce design cycle times.

"Compute farms are particularly suited to simulation," said John Lenyo, director of marketing for Model Technology, a Mentor Graphics company. "Since we ported ModelSim to Linux, users have started to take advantage of the price/performance of the platform to maximize their verification capacity."

Altera worked closely with leading distributed computing software provider Platform Computing Corp. to develop a seamless Linux solution for the Quartus II version 2.0 software. In addition to providing customers with a design environment with reduced compile times and computing costs when compared to UNIX-based systems, Altera, together with Platform Computing, was able to eliminate interoperability issues across different computing platforms.

"With this offering, designers in distributed computing environments have a solution that intelligently manages work across compute-intensive Linux environments," said Michael Sharma, vice president, business development, Platform Computing. "Platform LSF allows Altera customers to maximize productivity and efficiency by sharing workload across heterogeneous compute farms, which speeds up design cycle time and allows designers to bring products to market faster."

"The ability of Red Hat Linux to support load sharing applications make it ideally suited for high performance SOPC designs," said Mark de Visser, vice president of marketing at Red Hat. "Altera's PLD design tools will allow engineers to fully migrate from traditional UNIX based systems to the high-performance and robust yet cost effective Red Hat Linux solution."

About Quartus II Design Software

Altera's Quartus II software delivers superior designer productivity and supports system-level designs with features including LogicLock(TM) block-based design methodology, the PowerFit(TM) fitter technology, support for multi-million gate devices, and integration with third party software. Quartus II software supports hardware and embedded software workflows including a C/C++ compiler and debugger in a fully integrated development environment to support Altera's Excalibur embedded processor solutions. The Quartus II software supports major operating systems, including Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, Sun Solaris, HP-UX and now Red Hat Linux version 7.1.

Pricing and Availability

Quartus II version 2.0 software for Red Hat Linux version 7.1 is available now. A subscription for the Altera development tools with support for the Red Hat Linux version 7.1 operating system starts at $2,995 and includes the Quartus II design software, as well as upgrades and service packs for 12 months. New or existing customers may obtain a software subscription at the Altera eStore on the Altera web site, http://buy.altera.com/ , or from Altera distributors worldwide.

About Altera

Altera Corporation is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide.

For more information, call 408/544-6397, or visit http://www.altera.com.
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