MUNICH, Germany and WESTFORD, MAZuken has announced the availability of free footprint downloads for Altera's new MAX II CPLD FineLine BGA and Micro FineLine BGA packages. The MAX II CPLD packages meet the small form factor package and low power capabilities needed by designers of portable systems.
Zuken's CR-5000 users can download the MAX II CPLD footprint data, eliminating the task of manually entering footprint data into CR-5000 libraries. This download reportedly addresses the need for simplified integration of this technology.

"As the number of I/Os in FPGAs increase and the solder ball pitch decrease, the ability to rapidly design and layout a multi-layer PCB to accommodate FBGA and MBGA packages becomes crucial, driving the demand for solutions such as Zuken's CR-5000," said Jim Smith, Altera's director of EDA vendor relations. "Designers can take advantage of the advanced capabilities within Zuken's CR-5000 to quickly and easily complete their designs and meet their go-to-market goals."
Zuken and Altera are working together to provide a comprehensive set of design tools tailored for the application of next-generation PLDs and FPGAs, as part of the Altera Commitment to Cooperative Engineering Solutions (ACCESS) Program.

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