Actel Receives Certifications for ISO 9001:2000 and QML

3/26/2004 - Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL), a leading provider of programmable logic solutions, announced it was presented with the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 certificate by the Defense Supply Center of Columbus (DSCC) after an extensive audit verifying the company's commitment to quality management principles, including satisfaction and control of product development and operational activities. Actel also announced that its antifuse-based field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), including the SX-A, MX and RTSX-S devices, received a QML 38535 certificate assuring compliance by Actel's products with the stringent quality and reliability standards required for use in military and space applications.

In awarding the ISO 9001:2000 certificate, the DSCC acknowledged Actel's Product and Cycle Time Excellence (PACE) product development program for the significant operational improvements that have resulted since the program's implementation four years ago. The PACE program provides a process-based methodology in which subprocesses, organizational structures, development activities, techniques and tools are integrated to work concurrently within a single framework. Adopting this model, Actel was able to reduce design cycle times while maintaining high levels of product quality.

"It has been Actel's mission to continuously improve our operations, procedures and product management systems in order to consistently deliver high-caliber product to our customers," said Dr. Esmat Hamdy, senior vice president, technology and operations. "The addition of these quality milestones to our previous certifications enables Actel to better assure our customers, particularly those in the military and space arenas, that stringent processes and procedures have been adhered to when developing Actel's best-in-class FPGAs."

Long committed to designing and manufacturing high-quality FPGAs, Actel has received other important certifications recognizing the company's dedication to quality and reliability. In May 1998, Actel was awarded the ISO 9002 certificate. Actel also has a Certificate of Specification Acceptance from Stack International that verifies Actel's acceptance of the requirements of the Stack purchase specification. The program is designed to help reduce costs and the risk of component ownership in the telecom equipment, commercial and military avionics, consumer electronics and sub-contract manufacturing markets. Additionally, Actel holds a PURE (plastic encapsulated devices used in rugged environments) certificate for its plastic quad flat pack (PQFP) package.

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 more than 500 people worldwide. The Company is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA, 94043-4655. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835). Internet:

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