> More importantly for you, Nexar will pioneer a new approach to electronics
development   something that we are calling LiveDesign. LiveDesign
capabilities, which are incorporated into the DXP platform, support
real-time communication between the engineer and the design...

Real-time communication between the engineer and the design?  What does it
say?  The only thing my designs have communicated to me is "Hello, world",
or <blink-blink>, or sometimes *POOF!*

To which I respond, "Woo hoo!", "Alright!", or "#&@%#!"

All kidding aside, it sounds like an interesting and possibly useful
concept.  But given Altium's dismal track record at integrating truly useful
and bug-free PLD and FPGA support into the Protel suite, I have my doubts.
Has anyone ever successfully used Protel's PLD/FPGA features with a vendor's
(Xilinx, Altera, Lattice, etc.) toolsuite and gotten usable results?  Was it
worth the hassle?  I ask because it is usually better to use the vendor's
fitting, place, and route software than some 3rd party thing.  I wonder if
Nexar will be another Altium product that is announced to much hype, driving
upgrade purchases, and then quietly dropped (remember PeakVHDL?).

Best regards,
Ivan Baggett
Bagotronix Inc.
website:  www.bagotronix.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Phil Loughhead" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 12:39 AM
Subject: Exciting news for all users of Protel DXP and nVisage DXP

> We would like to notify you about a recent Altium announcement and take
some time to explain the impact of this on the current DXP product range, in
particular Protel and nVisage.
> This week, Altium announced the release of a new Altium product called
Nexar (see http://www.altium.com/corp/media/mr_nexar.htm/). Nexar will
deliver a new approach to digital design, allowing you to implement a
processor-based digital system in an FPGA using board design methodologies.
It will include a mixed schematic/HDL design capture environment, IP cores,
embedded development tools, and a reconfigurable hardware development
platform called a NanoBoard. These features combine to create a highly
interactive design and debug environment, allowing the engineer to interact
directly with a design implemented in the FPGA. For more information on
Nexar, please go to http://www.altium.com/nexar/.
> More importantly for you, Nexar will pioneer a new approach to electronics
development   something that we are calling LiveDesign. LiveDesign
capabilities, which are incorporated into the DXP platform, support
real-time communication between the engineer and the design. This will have
broad implications for all Altium products   how they work, and more
importantly, how they work together to provide a complete, integrated
electronics design system. Significantly, the entire Altium product line
will move to the LiveDesign-enabled DXP platform, providing access to the
benefits of this new methodology for all Altium customers.
> Because of our belief that every engineer should have access to the
opportunities that this new technology offers, all current DXP version users
will receive the 2004 software update automatically, free of charge when it
is released Q1, 2004.
> Updates and enhancements that were under development as part of Service
Pack 3 for nVisage and Protel will not be released for the DXP versions, but
have now been integrated into the nVisage 2004 and Protel 2004 releases.
Furthermore, nVisage 2004 will deliver a strengthened environment for
dedicated FPGA design. Protel 2004 will be enhanced with FPGA pin
optimisation capabilities, and include full forward and back annotation of
design changes between FPGA and PCB projects. It will also include the
previously announced Situs autorouter improvements.
> So to clarify  
> Everyone who holds a valid user license of Protel DXP and/or nVisage DXP
will receive their respective 2004 software update automatically,
free-of-charge. A NanoBoard can be purchased for an additional fee, pricing
will be announced nearer to release.
> All customers who hold Protel DXP and/or nVisage DXP licenses AND have a
valid pre-paid upgrade subscription will receive the 2004 software updates
as well as the NanoBoard.
> Anyone who purchases a license of Protel DXP and/or nVisage DXP between
November 1, 2003 and December 31st 2003 will also receive the software
update and the NanoBoard.
> More information on Altium s 2004 product line-up will be available soon
on the Altium website (http://www.altium.com). You will also soon be
receiving a copy of EDANEWS which will provide further details on these
> Best regards,
> Phil Loughhead
> Product Manager, Protel / nVisage
> Altium Limited
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