Altera Reveals Winners of Nios II Embedded Processor Design Contest

Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced the winning design teams of its annual Nios® II Embedded Processor Design Contest. First prize winners include design teams from Beijing Jiaotong University in China; I-Shou University in Taiwan; National Institute of Technology, Trichy in India; and Inha/Hongik Korea Aerospace University in Korea. The winning teams displayed their innovative designs at Altera’s recently held SOPC World 2007, which took place in different venues throughout Asia Pacific.

Conducted through Altera’s University Program, the Nios II Embedded Processor Design Contest provides design-engineering students throughout Asia Pacific with hands-on programmable logic and embedded processor design experience in preparation for real-world advanced system design. The 2007 contest attracted 733 entries with 20 teams receiving awards totaling US$20,000.

A new award was introduced this year for the creative use of the Altera® Nios II C-to-Hardware Acceleration Compiler (Nios II C2H Compiler). This productivity tool substantially increases the performance of embedded software by automatically converting performance-critical C language subroutines into hardware accelerators and integrating them into FPGA-based Nios II subsystems. Recipients of this award included design teams from Chongqing University in China and Inha/Hongik Korea Aerospace University in Korea.

“We recognize these students are the design engineers of the future, and we are pleased to provide them with the tools to help advance their future careers,” said Erhaan Shaikh, vice president and managing director of Altera Asia Pacific. “Sorting through and selecting winners from this year’s record number of entries was a difficult task. We appreciate the time and effort all the teams contributed to this year’s design contest, and congratulate the winners for their creativity and innovation.”

Nios II Embedded Processor Design Contest Winners

  • MRI of Spinal Segmentation System Based on the Nios II Embedded Processor — Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  • Automatic Vehicle Control, Inspection, Embedded System — I-Shou University, Taiwan
  • SoPC Based Cordless Phone — National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India
  • Police Vehicle Support System with Wireless Auto Tracking Camera — Inha/Hongik Korea Aerospace University, Korea
  • Fingerprint Identification System Based on the Nios II Embedded Processor — Chongqing University, China

About the Altera University Program
The Altera University Program provides support for the advancement of computer science and electrical engineering education. The program equips professors and students in undergraduate and graduate courses with the programmable logic-based curriculum and tools necessary for training and development in advanced system design. To date, Altera has trained more than 30,000 engineers around the world, and the program is rapidly expanding.

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