1/7/2002 - Building upon its ProASIC 500k family, Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) today launched ProASICPLUS, its second-generation family of flash-based field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Based on a 0.22-micron process, Actel's new single-chip, in-system programmable ProASICPLUS family will consist of six devices ranging in density from 150,000 to 1-million system gates. The combination of a fine-grained, ASIC-like architecture and non-volatile flash configuration memory makes Actel's ProASICPLUS offering a strong application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) alternative. The devices are live at power up, highly secure and require no separate configuration memory, all characteristics shared by ASICs. The ProASICPLUS architecture supports popular ASIC tool flows, reducing time to market and permitting designers to migrate easily between FPGA and ASIC solutions.
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