Actel Launches Industry's First Design Security Web Site

9/10/2002 - Actel, a supplier of innovative programmable logic solutions, announced it has launched the first Web site dedicated to the growing problem of design theft and lack of awareness in the industry. The Actel Security Resource Center provides customers, design engineers and managers with information on the fundamentals of security issues and secure field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions, including technology tutorials, market overviews, white papers, government links and extensive glossaries. The Web site will enable the design community to increase its awareness of critical design principles, methodologies and common security threats, such as overbuilding, reverse engineering, cloning and denial of service.

"Increasingly, FPGAs are displacing ASICs in many applications. Unfortunately, the system security implications of choosing FPGA technologies are not well understood within the design community. Without precautions, corporations run the risk of encountering major breaches in security, resulting in the theft of valuable intellectual property and ultimately undermining a company's profitability," said Barry Marsh, vice president of product marketing at Actel. "Actel's Web site serves as a resource for those companies that are serious about understanding the scale and potential damage of the security threats that exist and protecting their products from design theft. Beyond educating the community about this problem, this Web site reaffirms Actel's commitment to provide single-chip, nonvolatile, secure solutions to our customers and maintain our tradition of innovative products and value-add services."

As mask costs continue to skyrocket, cost-effective, user-programmable FPGAs offer a highly attractive alternative to traditional application- specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for implementing complex design functions. With the increase in FPGA adoption, devices have grown in size and complexity, thereby making the need for secure logic devices more apparent. More often than not, the key intellectual property (IP) which differentiates the system from competitive offerings is housed in programmable logic. Given these trends, the vulnerability of each system's unique value-added characteristics is now a direct function of an FPGA's security capabilities.

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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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