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TMCNet:  Altera Launches Licensing Structure

[November 15, 2012]

Altera Launches Licensing Structure

Nov 15, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Altera Corp. announced a licensing structure to integrate FPGA-based Industrial Ethernet designs in factory automation systems.

According to a release, the new licensing structure was developed in collaboration with Softing Industrial Automation. It provides system developers with access to Industrial Ethernet protocols with no upfront license fees, no per-unit royalty reporting or protracted negotiations.

The two companies will demonstrate the Industrial Ethernet solution at the SPS IPS Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany, from Nov. 27 to 29.

"While Industrial Ethernet is a vital technology for linking the elements of industrial electronic systems, it is also a highly fragmented technology that includes a variety of different protocols," said Christoph Fritsch, senior manager of the Altera industrial business. "Supporting a market like Industrial Ethernet is the sweet spot for FPGAs due to their programmability and ability to quickly and easily support different protocol standards. By teaming with Softing, we offer customers a simplified licensing structure that allows systems developers to easily support a broad range of protocols within a single hardware solution." Availability Support for the Profinet RT and Profinet IRT protocols will be available in January 2013. Additional protocol IPs will be supported later in 2013.

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