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Network unifies design services into single programme

02 May 2016

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Altera has launched a global ecosystem that promises to unify a network of design services, IP, board and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) companies into a single programme.

The Programmable Design Solutions Network programme helps customers accelerate product innovation by connecting them with members offering products or design services using Altera's CPLD, FPGA, SoC and Enpirion power devices via a consolidated searchable website.

DSN members support a broad range of applications and industries, including industrial, IoT, automotive, computing and storage, military, broadcast, embedded vision and wireless communications. They offer Altera customers deep expertise from device selection to full turnkey or system-level design, including new product feasibility, specialised design tools, IP integration and training.

Accelerating product time to market

Altera provides its DSN members streamlined access to the latest development tools, software, IP and technical support to accelerate customer FPGA and embedded design or product development through the programme, which has an extensive network of 180 companies in more than 55 states and countries.

To ensure technical capability, members are required to complete technical training and demonstrate their ability to provide on-going high-quality customer support. The programme enables Altera-trained DSN members to earn Platinum- or Gold-level status based on their levels of expertise and achievement.

"With growing demand for Altera's Arria 10, Stratix 10, and new CPU + FPGA support and products, our customers require a variety of experts who are skilled in designing with FPGAs and embedded off-the-shelf solutions," said Vince Hu, vice president of customer experience, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. "By providing a simple method to search for and contact DSN members with product and services expertise, Altera can foster timely support options to accelerate customer product development."

Intel shifts focus to cloud

The launch of Altera's DSN programme came in the heels of Intel's announcement of a new strategy that will shift the company's focus to smart, connected computing devices.

Last week, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant said it is restructuring to focus on the data centre, the IoT, and specialised high-performance hardware.

In an email to Intel employees, CEO Brian Krzanich said there is an opportunity to accelerate the data centre and IoT businesses, which has delivered $2.2 billion in revenue growth last year, and made up 40 per cent of revenue and the majority of operating profit.

Intel acquired Altera in December for $16.7 billion.




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