New Design Services Companies Join Actel's Solution Partners Program

7/13/2004 - Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) welcomed five new members to its Solution Partners Program, expanding the program to include 18 members. Introduced last November, the program is a cooperative effort between Actel and third-party providers of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design services, embedded software and hardware products to help designers accelerate time to market for Actel-based designs. The program provides customers with access to a broad range of design resources, application expertise and products from strategic partners worldwide to complement Actel's products and services. Joining the program are Barco-Silex, Capitol Automation, Comit Systems, Intrinsix Corporation and Silicon Interfaces, all of whom develop customer-specific electronic products for the wired and wireless communications and networking markets.

"We have been very pleased with the positive reception of our Solution Partners Program, which was established as part of our continuing commitment to provide customers with comprehensive system solutions to ease the design of our programmable logic devices," said Yankin Tanurhan, senior director, applications and IP solutions at Actel. "Each of our partners offer products and services to complement our FPGA devices, as well as our broad range of DirectCore and CompanionCore intellectual property. The addition of these five design service companies will provide additional products and design resources to enable our customers to simplify their designs and reduce design costs, risk and time to market."

Actel's Solution Partners Program has 18 partners worldwide, all with proven experience with Actel's development tools and FPGA devices. Product segments represented by the partners include embedded software, diagnostic hardware and turnkey design services as well as a broad selection of IP products. The participating design services and consulting firms have design centers worldwide and specialize in a wide range of vertical applications.

All products and services offered by Actel's Solution Partners Program are provided by the partners, who are responsible for pricing, warranty and technical support to customers. New partners will be added on an ongoing basis. For more information, please refer to the IP Web site at

Actel DirectCore and CompanionCore Solutions
Actel offers its own system-level IP solutions, called DirectCores, specifically designed and optimized for use with Actel devices. The company also offers third-party IP blocks, called CompanionCores, which have been tested and verified in Actel FPGAs. Covering applications ranging from embedded systems to consumer and communications, the cores offered include bus interfaces, communication controllers and interfaces, processors and peripherals, encryption and memory controllers, as well as multimedia and error correction.

Actel DirectCore and CompanionCore products offer seamless implementation through Actel's suite of internal and third-party EDA development tools, documentation, and quality service and support, thereby streamlining the design process, enabling faster time to market and minimizing design costs and risks.

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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