"Red Hat, the leading provider of open source solutions for
Internet infrastructure, and Altera Corporation, a leading supplier
of programmable logic devices (PLDs), today announced they have
signed a licensing agreement that gives Altera customers easy
access to Red Hat's world-class embedded system development tools
created by Cygnus, a division of Red Hat, for Altera's new
Excalibur embedded processor solutions. Through close
collaboration, a suite of the GNUPro embedded development tools was
created and specifically optimized to support Altera's Nios(TM)
embedded processor core, also announced today. The GNUPro tool set
includes a C/C++ compiler, assembler and debugger. These tools
enable engineers to develop, preserve, and easily recompile program
source code for execution across a broad range of processor
architectures including Altera's Nios soft core embedded processor.
The agreement enables system engineers to quickly develop
system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) designs for a wide-range of
applications in the communications, computing, digital consumer,
and industrial markets."
"Our work with Altera is a natural extension of our commitment
to deliver the best development platform for embedded systems
designers," said Michael Tiemann, Red Hat chief technology officer.
"With the Excalibur embedded processor solutions, including the
Nios soft core, Altera provides a valuable integrated platform for
hardware and software co-development that is required to create
complex system-level solutions."
"By combining the GNUPro tool support with our new Excalibur
embedded processor solutions, systems designers will have low-cost,
wide-open access to proven technology for embedded system
development," said Rodney Smith, Altera chairman, president and
CEO. "This agreement offers an industry-leading hardware and
software solution to keep designers on the leading-edge of
delivering true system-on-a-programmable-chip solutions."