Altera Corporation (Altera) is a supplier of programmable semiconductors and related products. Altera designs, manufactures, and markets programmable logic devices (PLDs), hardcopy application- specific integrated circuits (ASICs), pre-defined design building blocks, known as intellectual property (IP) cores, and associated development tools. PLDs, which consist of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs), are standard semiconductor integrated circuits, or chips, that its customers program to perform desired logic functions in their electronic systems. Its HardCopy enables its customer to transition from high-density FPGAs to non-programmable implementations for volume production. IP cores can be licensed by customers to add standard functions to their PLD designs.
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