Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Altera Corporation is a premier designer and manufacturer of programmable logic devices (PLD)—electronic components used to build reconfigurable digital circuits. Founded in 1984 with the invention of the world’s first reprogrammable logic device, Altera supports a number of end markets with its array of custom logic solutions—including medical, military, test & measurement, telecommunications, automotive, and cloud computing.
Altera employs a 2,600-strong workforce spanning 19 countries. Altera primarily produces its parts via its partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) based in Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park—the largest pure-play semiconductor foundry in the world. However, just last year, Altera and computing giant Intel struck a foundry deal together. For the fiscal year 2013, Altera reported US$1.73 billion in revenues coming from over 12,000 customers.
Popular in the defense community, Altera products ensure survivability of an aircraft mission in the chance of avionics system failure. Altera produces solutions to problems that come up in the display unit, switch system, airborne computing, backup power, and head-up display systems of military aircraft. In 2014, General Dynamics declared Altera the Defender of the Year. Altera is heavily involved in the US Army’s Soldier’s Network program. The company supports the tactical voice and telecommunications technologies of General Dynamic C4 System’s latest two-channel secure voice military radio.
Altera operates technology centers in the following domestic and international locations:
For the advancements it made in the industry, Altera took home the top honors of “Design Team of the Year” and “Ultimate Product – Software” at the 2014 EE Times and EDN Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards.