I still remember using altera 13 years ago to design usb hub controller.
Their simulator was very accurate. On Pentium 3 with 128 MB RAM, the vhdl codes took 5 minutes to compile and 10 minutes to simulate then transfer the code to the altera board and press the start button to test. If things is not ok, adjust the code and redo the cycle.
Altera is a pretty popular chip supplier for test equipment (more specifically test boards or load boards) of semicon companies.
AnonD-416078, 29 Dec 2015Never heard of it beforeAltera FPGA kits is pretty popular in IT School, mainly because of its use as a basic (to advance) tools to understand how computer work. Not just theoretically, but also practically.