Altera® offers a variety of hardware solutions and tools to accelerate the design process. Together with selected partners, Altera offers a wide range of development kits that contain everything an engineer needs to create and implement a design in hours. Altera development kits and daughter cards are only sold to product developers, software developers and system integrators.
Altera developed the High-Speed Mezzanine Card (HSMC) specification to standardize the interface of mezzanine cards to host boards. Altera and partners offer a variety of host platforms and mezzanine cards that comply with this specification. See the Altera HSMC Specification (PDF) for the electrical and mechanical properties.
Altera download cables support in-system programming of Altera MAX® and configuration devices and in-circuit reconfiguration of Altera SRAM-based and embedded processor devices.