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Altium will challenge electronics designers to look at new uses for programmable devices in their designs, at the 19th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications.

Altium will present the challenge in the lecture ‘System on an FPGA in a Unified Design Environment’ at the conference, to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 31 August to 1 September 2009.

The conference brings together researchers and industry leaders to discuss the application and future of FPGAs.

Altium has been invited, as a sponsor of the event, to present the case on why engineers should design FPGAs in one design domain.

Joerg Kaleita, technical account manager, and Volker Brandstetter, field application engineer at Altium, will speak at the event.

Kaleita said: ‘We will ask electronics designers one simple question: “What if you could attack the design process across schematic capture, board layout and FPGA design in one design domain?” ‘Electronics designers are no longer specialists in a particular domain.

‘Instead they develop entire systems.

‘The problem is that many engineers use several different applications to achieve this, which stifles innovation and restricts the reasons for using FPGAs in the first place – their inherent re-programmability and flexibility.

‘But it is possible.’ Altium will also preview the newest addition to the Nanoboard family, the Nanoboard 3000 smart FGPA development board.

Altium will present a Nanoboard 3000 to the winner of the ‘Best Paper in Show’ award.

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