Actel Extends ProASICPLUS Portfolio to Include Industrial-Grade Solutions

10/29/2002 - Actel announced availability of the industry's largest flash-based, reprogrammable field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices qualified to industrial specifications. The nonvolatile, single-chip ProASICPLUS industrial devices, which range in density from 75,000 to 1-million system gates, are guaranteed to operate at ambient temperatures ranging from -40C to +85C. With these new solutions, Actel now offers an expanded portfolio of commercial- and industrial-grade, live-at-power-up, low-power flash-based solutions. This extended temperature range, coupled with the industry's largest density for flash-based FPGAs, makes these new devices suitable for application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) alternative applications in the avionics, consumer, industrial control, networking and communications markets.

"Since its introduction, Actel's ProASICPLUS family has won a record number of design wins due to its ASIC-like features; the inherent security benefits of the company's flash-based FPGAs; and the in-system programming capability that enables reprogramming of the devices in the field," said Barry Marsh, vice president, product marketing at Actel. "And now, with the availability of commercial and industrial-grade devices, we expect the design community will increasingly migrate to ProASICPLUS solutions, especially in the avionics, consumer, industrial control, networking and communications application areas where ASIC-like features are beneficial."

The ProASICPLUS family, Actel's second-generation of flash-based FPGAs, consists of seven devices ranging in density from 75,000 to 1-million system gates. The combination of a fine-grained, single-chip ASIC-like architecture and nonvolatile flash configuration memory makes Actel's ProASICPLUS offering a strong ASIC alternative. The devices are live at power up, low power, highly secure and require no separate configuration memory, all characteristics shared by ASICs. The ProASICPLUS architecture and design methodology support popular FPGA and ASIC tool flows, reducing time to market and permitting designers to migrate easily between FPGA and ASIC solutions. Key features of the ProASICPLUS family include multiple phase-locked loops (PLLs), support for up to 198k bits of two-port embedded SRAM and 712 user-configurable I/Os, and improved in-system programmability (ISP).

Design Security
As the complexity, capabilities and market share of FPGAs increase with respect to competing technologies, the need to secure the intellectual property (IP) implemented in FPGAs increases. Nonvolatile flash devices, like Actel's ProASICPLUS FPGAs, offer levels of design security beyond SRAM-based offerings and conventional ASIC solutions, and prevent copying or reverse engineering of the design. The Actel Security Resource Center provides customers, design engineers and managers with information on the fundamentals of security issues and secure FPGA solutions, including technology tutorials, market overviews, white papers, government link and extensive glossaries.

Pricing and Availability
The seven members of the ProASICPLUS FPGA family are available for immediate shipment in commercial and industrial temperature grades. Pricing for Actel's 75,000 to 1-million system gate devices begins at $7.11 in quantities of 100,000 units.

About Actel
Actel Corporation is a supplier of innovative programmable logic solutions, including field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) based on antifuse and flash technologies, high-performance intellectual property (IP) cores, software development tools and design services targeted for the high-speed communications, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) replacement and radiation-tolerant markets. Founded in 1985, Actel employs approximately 500 people worldwide. The Company is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 955 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, Calif., 94086-4533. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).

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