Motorola Broadband to Integrate Altera FPGAs in New HD Box

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Motorola Broadband will use Altera’s "Cyclone" field-programmable gate arrays in its DSR500 family of HD satellite receivers.

Monday December 29, 8:00 am ET

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR - News) today announced that Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) Broadband Communications Sector has selected Altera® Cyclone(TM) FPGAs for use in the new Motorola Digital Satellite Receiver (DSR) 500 family of high-definition (HD) satellite receivers. The Motorola DSR500 is a next-generation high-end consumer satellite receiver with integrated HD decoder, supporting a wide array of home entertainment options, including HD-capable TVs and monitors, standard television sets, VCRs and home theater systems. The Altera Cyclone FPGA implements critical functions in the DSR500 family of products, bridging advanced decoder and processor circuits and managing bandwidth from the front-end satellite tuners and demodulators.

"We chose to integrate the functionality of the Cyclone FPGA into the new DSR500 family of high-performance satellite receivers because of the many benefits field-programmable gate arrays can add to the engineering and manufacturing processes, including shortening the development cycle," said Simon Rizk, senior director of engineering for satellite STB products, Motorola Broadband.

Developers of high-volume consumer products are increasingly relying on Altera devices to meet stringent time-to-market demands as well as requirements for low cost. "Motorola's choice of Altera products for their digital satellite receivers underscores the attractiveness of our low-cost FPGAs for price-sensitive applications," said Todd Scott, director of Altera's broadcast and consumer business unit. "The low-cost structure of Cyclone FPGAs is ideal for high-volume digital consumer products, and industry leaders like Motorola can rely upon them to increase their flexibility, shorten their design cycles, and reduce their development costs."

About Motorola Broadband Communications Sector

The Motorola Broadband Communications Sector provides a scalable, integrated end-to-end system for the delivery of broadband services that keeps consumers informed, entertained and connected. Its technology enables network operators and retailers to create and execute on new business opportunities by providing innovative products and services to the home. Customer-responsive design and manufacturing expertise further contribute to the company's position as the world's leading supplier of digital cable set-tops and cable modems. For more information about the Motorola Broadband Communications Sector, please visit:

About Motorola

Motorola, Inc. is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit:

About the Cyclone Device Family

Built from the ground up to ensure the lowest possible cost, Cyclone devices are the industry's lowest-cost FPGAs available today. Cyclone devices are manufactured on TSMC's advanced 0.13-micron, all-layer-copper process and were developed to provide designers of high-volume, price-sensitive applications the flexibility of an FPGA at ASIC prices. With support for leading-edge and emerging I/O standards, the Cyclone device family includes embedded RAM blocks and other features to put FPGA technology in the hands of designers developing volume-driven applications in the automotive, consumer, and computing markets. For more information about the Cyclone device family, visit

About Altera

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Altera Corporation is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

NOTE: MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. Altera, The Programmable Solutions Company, the stylized Altera logo, specific device designations and all other words that are identified as trademarks and/or service marks are, unless noted otherwise, the trademarks and service marks of Altera Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other product or service names are the property of their respective holder.

Contacts: Martin S. Won of Altera Corporation, +1-408-544-6397, or; or Jeanne Russo of Motorola, +1-215-323-1873, or

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