Altera, InterNiche and MorethanIP Announce Networking Reference Design for Nios II Processor

Performance-Optimized Design Delivers 60 Mbits of Throughput Via TCP/IP Over a 100 Mbit Link

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR), InterNiche and MorethanIP today announced the availability of a networking reference design for Altera's Nios(R) II embedded processor. Delivering over 60 Mbits of throughput via TCP/IP over a 100-Mbit link, embedded designers can leverage the flexibility, performance and ease-of-use of the reference design for embedded applications requiring high-throughput network connectivity.

"The versatility and performance of our NicheStack IPv4 protocol suite addresses the challenges faced by embedded systems development teams," said Larry Larder, president of InterNiche. "By enabling low-cost TCP/IP connectivity on FPGA designs with exceptional performance, we help to open up a new world of flexibility for the system designer."

"Embedded designers can use our Ethernet MAC with integrated hardware network protocol acceleration (MAC-NET core) to increase the networking performance for their embedded systems that require high throughput," said Daniel Koehler, CTO at MorethanIP. "The InterNiche embedded TCP/IP is a perfect complement to the MAC-NET core, providing Nios II designers with a highly optimized, scalable and full-featured solution."

Enabling Flexible, High-Performance Designs

Embedded designers can use Altera's SOPC Builder tool and Nios II integrated development environment (IDE) to customize their reference design using MorethanIP's MAC-NET core and InterNiche's NicheStack IPv4 software stack. SOPC Builder enables the system engineer to quickly add, edit and specify the connections between the Nios II processor, MAC-NET core and other peripherals in the system. It then connects all of the peripherals together using the high-performance Avalon(TM) switch fabric, enabling the MAC-NET core to efficiently move data through local memory resources. The Nios II IDE, available for free from www.altera.com, provides a robust software development environment to build, debug and deploy their software applications using the InterNiche software stack.

The reference design uses the low-cost Nios II evaluation board, featuring a Cyclone(TM) EP1C12 FPGA. The reference design features:

    -- A white paper
    -- Documentation
    -- Design files
    -- A ready-to-use demo
    -- MAC-NET, a high-performance Ethernet media access controller (MAC) with
       integrated network protocol acceleration functions from MorethanIP
    -- NicheStack IPv4, InterNiche's flexible and optimized networking stack

The MAC-NET core supports 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet connections and incorporates a layer 3/4 high-performance checksum block to accelerate network operations supporting InterNiche's NicheStack IPv4 and IPv6 with TCP and user datagram protocol (UDP) protocols. InterNiche's NicheStack IPv4 provides developers with a configurable TCP/IP protocol suite equipped with a complete range of management and security protocols including simple network management protocol (SNMP), secure sockets layer (SSL), IP security (IPsec) and embedded HTTP server, as well as a seamless roadmap to IPv6 support.

"The introduction of this reference design from InterNiche and MorethanIP is another example of the momentum behind the Nios II embedded processor," said Chris Balough, Altera's director of software and Nios marketing. "Embedded designers will be able to leverage the flexibility and performance of the MAC-NET core and NicheStack IPv4 protocol suite for their FPGA-driven network connected products."

Availability

The reference design, the Nios II embedded processor and the complete evaluation toolset can be downloaded from www.altera.com. For more information about the reference design, please visit www.altera.com/networkrefdesign. The MorethanIP MAC-NET is available for purchase from www.morethanip.com. To purchase InterNiche NicheStack products, please visit www.iniche.com.

About InterNiche

InterNiche is the premier specialist provider of embedded TCP/IP protocol stacks and networking expertise targeted at connected device implementations. Over many years of specialization in portable stack implementations, InterNiche has developed a reputation for providing robust technology, expert consultancy and highly responsive support to help keep customer project teams on schedule and within budget. InterNiche is headquartered in Campbell, CA and represented in 22 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.iniche.com.

About MorethanIP

MorethanIP was founded 1999 as a GmbH (Ltd.) in Munich Germany and is an IP house concentrating on high-speed networking and embedded systems. This includes design specification and implementation of standard products, system architectures and customer specific solutions. For more information on the company and its products, please email Email Contact or visit the company's web site at www.morethanip.com.

About Altera Corp.

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. More information is available at www.altera.com.

NOTE: Altera, The Programmable Solutions Company, the stylized Altera logo, specific device designations and all other words that are identified as trademarks and/or service marks are, unless noted otherwise, the trademarks and service marks of Altera Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other product or service names are the property of their respective holder.

     Editor Contact:
     Bruce Fienberg
     Altera Corporation
     408-544-6397
     newsroom@altera.com

     Larry Larder
     InterNiche Technologies
     408-540-1160
     sales@iNiche.com

     Francois Balay
     MorethanIP
     +49-8131-3339390
     fbalay@morethanip.com

CONTACT: Bruce Fienberg of Altera Corporation, +1-408-544-6397, or
Email Contact; or Larry Larder of InterNiche Technologies,
+1-408-540-1160, or Email Contact; or Francois Balay of MorethanIP,
+49-8131-3339390, or Email Contact

Web site: http://www.altera.com/




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