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Altera Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of programmable logic devices; hardcopy devices; predefined design building blocks; and associated development tools. The company's communications applications/products include routers, switches, access systems, metropolitan area networks, optical networks, cellular base stations, and wireless local area networks. Its computer and storage applications/products include mainframes, servers, copiers, multifunction peripherals, printers, redundant array of inexpensive disks systems, and storage area networks. Its consumer applications/products include studio editing, satellite equipment, broadcasting equipment, audio/video systems, video display systems, and televisions. The company's industrial applications/products include car entertainment systems, navigation systems, manufacturing systems, medical diagnostic systems, test equipment, guidance and control, radar systems, secure communications, automatic teller machines, card readers, and energy management systems. The company also offers proprietary development tools, consisting primarily of the Quartus II software, which enables customers to complete all necessary programmable logic devices design steps. Its tools facilitate design entry, design compilation, design verification, and device programming during the initial design and subsequent design revisions. The company markets its products through a network of third-party distributors, independent sales representatives, and direct sales personnel worldwide. Altera was co-founded by Robert Hartmann, Michael Magranet, Paul Newhagen, and Jim Sansbury in 1983. Altera Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California.