June 22, 2009 08:00 ET

PDTi Joins Altera's ACCESS Program

PDTi Augments Altera Design Flow, Providing Zero-Maintenance SaaS Capability

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - June 22, 2009) - PDTi, an innovative provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) electronic design automation products, today announced it has joined Altera's ACCESS Program, and will provide SpectaReg, the industry's most cost-effective, web-based register design automation tool, to customers using Altera devices, including Altera's Stratix® IV GX GX and Arria® II GX devices.

"As more customers adopt our latest devices for high-end applications, having the optimal development methodology is critical for successful implementation," said Chris Balough, Altera's Sr. Director of Software, Embedded and DSP Marketing. "Complementing our easy to use design flow with PDTi's SpectaReg register automation technology will enable Altera customers to continue to build advanced, complex functionality with high system integration confidence."

With SpectaReg, register-map specifications are easily captured and managed through a rich web-browser GUI, and the resulting synchronized hardware logic, hardware verification, firmware, documentation and more are all rapidly auto-generated from a single source, all in standard formats. Unlike traditional in-house solutions and competing offerings, SpectaReg is a collaborative web-application that easily scales across teams and locations. As the industry's first true SaaS register automation tool, is available online today, without the installation and maintenance hassles of a traditional EDA tool. SpectaReg is also available onsite for intranet deployment for companies that want complete in-house control and customization.

"The partnering of Altera's technology and PDTi's SpectaReg allows customers to greatly simplify their design flows and achieve ASIC-level confidence for their hardware/software interfaces," said Jeremy Ralph, CEO of PDTi. "SpectaReg integrates seamlessly with Altera's design infrastructure such as SOPC builder, the NIOS II embedded processor, System Interconnect Fabric, and Avalon interfaces. We look forward to working with Altera to provide the most cost-effective hardware/firmware register interfacing flow so that our mutual customers can significantly shorten their development times."

SpectaReg Availability

SpectaReg is available now. Customers are welcome to evaluate SpectaReg via

About PDTi

Productivity Design Tools, Inc. (PDTi) provides innovative electronic design automation products saving time and cutting chip development costs for designers by automating the critical process of hardware/software interface development. PDTi empowers design teams, enabling them to collaborate using a single source for register specifications and auto-generate deliverables for hardware, software, testing and documentation. A pioneer in bringing SaaS to EDA, PDTi products can be deployed onsite or online for all sizes of customers and budgets. For more information on PDTi visit and

Contact Information

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