Altera SDK for OpenCL Development Flow Delivers Prototypes in Minutes

    Altera SDK for OpenCL Development Flow Delivers Prototypes in Minutes

Altera and Its Board Partners Accelerate Development of High-performance
Computing, Networking and SoC Applications

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 30, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:
ALTR) today dramatically simplified a programmer's ability to accelerate
algorithms in FPGAs. The Altera SDK for OpenCL version 14.0 includes a
programmer-familiar rapid prototyping design flow that enables users to
prototype designs in minutes on an FPGA accelerator board. Altera, along with
its board partners, further accelerate the development of FPGA-based
applications by offering reference designs, reference platforms and FPGA
development boards that are supported by Altera's OpenCL solution. These
reference platforms also streamline the development of custom FPGA
accelerators to meet specific application requirements.

Altera(R) programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to
rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets.
Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, ASICs and complementary technologies, such
as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.

Altera is the only company to offer a publicly available, OpenCL conformant
software development kit (SDK). The solution allows programmers to develop
algorithms with the C-based OpenCL language and harness the performance and
power efficiencies of FPGAs. A rapid prototyping design flow included in the
Altera SDK for OpenCL version 14.0 allows OpenCL kernel code to be emulated,
debugged, optimized, profiled and re-compiled to a hardware implementation in
minutes. The re-compiled kernels can be tested and run on an FPGA immediately,
saving programmers weeks of development time.

Altera and its board partners further simplify the experience of getting
applications up and running using FPGA accelerators by offering a broad
selection of Altera-developed reference platforms, reference designs and FPGA
accelerator boards. Altera provides a variety of design examples that
demonstrate how to describe applications in OpenCL, including OPRA FAST Parser
for finance applications, JPEG decoder for big data applications and video
downscaling for video applications.

Design teams that want to create custom solutions that feature a unique set of
peripherals can create their own custom FPGA accelerators and save significant
development time by using Altera-developed reference platforms. The reference
platforms include an SoC platform for embedded applications, a
high-performance computing (HPC) platform and a low-latency network enabled
platform which utilizes IO Channels.

Additional enhancements made to the Altera SDK for OpenCL version 14.0
include:

  oProduction support for IO Channels that allow streaming data into and out
    of the FPGA as well as kernel channels allowing the result reuse from one
    kernel to another in a hardware pipeline for significantly higher
    performance and throughput with little to no host and memory interaction.
  oProduction support for single-chip SoC solutions (Cyclone V SoC and Arria
    V SoC), where the host is an embedded ARM core processor integrated in the
    FPGA accelerator.

About the Altera SDK for OpenCL
Altera's SDK for OpenCL allows programmers to take OpenCL code and rapidly
exploit the massively parallel architecture of an FPGA. Programmers targeting
FPGAs achieve higher performance at significantly lower power compared to
alternative hardware architectures, such as GPUs and CPUs. On average, FPGAs
deliver higher performance at one-fifth the power of a GPU. Altera's OpenCL
solutions are supported by third-party boards through the Altera Preferred
Board Partner Program for OpenCL. Visit www.altera.com/opencl.

Pricing and Availability
The Altera SDK for OpenCL is currently available for downloadon Altera's
website. The annual software subscription for the SDK for OpenCL is $995 for a
node-locked PC license. For additional information about the Altera Preferred
Board Partner Program for OpenCL and its partner members, or to see a list of
all supported boards and links to purchase, visit the OpenCLsection on
Altera's website.

About Altera
Altera® programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to
rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets.
Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, ASICs and complementary technologies, such
aspower management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.

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Editor Contact:
Steve Gabriel
Altera Corporation
(408) 544-6846
newsroom@altera.com

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