Nathan Sarkisian, Chief Financial Officer, Retires

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 16, 2006— Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that Nathan Sarkisian, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has retired effective October 16, 2006. The company had announced on March 6, 2006 Mr. Sarkisian's intention to retire by the end of 2006.

James W. Callas will assume the roles of Principal Financial and Accounting Officer and acting Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Callas is currently Altera's Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller. He has been employed by the company for nearly 19 years and has served in a variety of finance roles during his career. As announced separately, Altera anticipates filing several required periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the coming weeks. Mr. Callas will be a certifying officer for those filings.

A search for Mr. Sarkisian's permanent replacement is ongoing.

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