Actel Delivers Industry's First Flash-Based ProASIC FPGAs Qualified to Industrial Specs

Devices Provide Solutions for Applications Requiring Reliable Operation at

Industrial Temperatures



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Actel Corp.

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Actel Corporation (Nasdaq:   ACTL) today announced it is shipping the industry's
 first flash-based, "live-at-power-up," field programmable gate array (FPGA)
 devices qualified to industrial specifications.  The ProASIC A500K050 and
 A500K130 industrial devices, which offer 98,000 and 287,000 system gates,
 respectively, are re-programmable, non-volatile, low-power, single-chip units
 guaranteed to operate at ambient temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C to
 +85 degrees C.  Applications requiring industrial-qualified devices include
 civilian aircraft avionics systems, industrial control systems and
 remotely-deployed networking and telecommunications equipment.
     With these new flash-based ProASIC FPGAs, Actel now boasts the industry's
 most robust line of industrial grade, non-volatile programmable solutions.
 Designers of extended temperature range systems can now choose from
 single-chip, "live at power up" devices that range in density from 2K to 287K
 system gates.
     "For the first time, designers of industrial grade equipment have access
 to FPGA devices that not only satisfy their extended temperature requirements,
 but also deliver the 'instant-on' needs of many systems," said Dennis Kish,
 vice president, marketing at Actel.  "What's more, our new industrial
 temperature offerings enable us to address the market as many of our customers
 are seeking single-chip solutions that improve time-to-market while reducing
 the design complexity and costs normally associated with custom devices."
     According to Kish, Actel's ProASIC 500K solutions offer designers the
 benefits of both application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and
 programmable logic devices (PLDs).  Like other PLDs, ProASIC devices reduce
 time-to-market and minimize design risk and investment, requiring no mask sets
 or silicon re-spins.  Like ASICs, ProASIC devices are single-chip and
 "live-at-power-up," eliminating the need for a separate boot device, such as a
 serial programmable read only memory (PROM) associated with static random
 access memory (SRAM) FPGAs, thereby simplifying board design and cost.  In
 addition, ProASIC devices operate at very low power, using only one-half of
 the power consumed by SRAM FPGAs and other PLDs based on look-up tables (LUTs)
 at the same supply voltage.
 
     Non-volatile, Single-chip, Reprogrammable Solutions
     The ProASIC 500K family consists of four devices ranging in size from
 98,000 to 473,000 system gates and includes up to 65k bits of embedded
 two-port memory.  The ProASIC 500K family combines the advantages of ASICs
 with the benefits of PLDs through its non-volatile flash technology.  ProASIC
 500K devices make it possible to create high-density systems using existing
 ASIC or FPGA design flows and tools, shortening time to production.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The A500K050 and A500K130 are available for immediate shipment in
 industrial temperature grades.  These devices are also available as commercial
 temperature products. Volume pricing for the initial ProASIC 500K devices
 starts at $27.60.
 
     About Actel
     Actel is The Programmable ASIC Solutions Company.  Programmable ASICs
 (application-specific integrated circuits) offer the benefits of both
 conventional ASICs (single chip and low power and price) and programmable
 logic devices (faster time to market plus reduced design and inventory risks).
 For customers requiring discrete programmable logic solutions, Actel's FPGAs
 (field programmable gate arrays) are secure, non-volatile and
 "live-at-power-up."  For customers requiring embedded programmable solutions,
 Actel's intellectual property cores will enable the integration of
 reprogrammable logic functions in ASICs or ASSPs (application specific
 standard products) on standard processes.  Customers can further accelerate
 time to market by using Actel's Protocol Design Services Group.  Actel is
 traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ACTL and is located at
 955 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94086-4533.
 Telephone:  888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).  Internet:  http://www.actel.com.
     NOTE:  ProASIC and the Actel name and logo are registered trademarks of
 Actel Corporation.  All other trademarks and service marks are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Actel Corp.
    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Actel Corporation (Nasdaq:   ACTL) today announced it is shipping the industry's
 first flash-based, "live-at-power-up," field programmable gate array (FPGA)
 devices qualified to industrial specifications.  The ProASIC A500K050 and
 A500K130 industrial devices, which offer 98,000 and 287,000 system gates,
 respectively, are re-programmable, non-volatile, low-power, single-chip units
 guaranteed to operate at ambient temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C to
 +85 degrees C.  Applications requiring industrial-qualified devices include
 civilian aircraft avionics systems, industrial control systems and
 remotely-deployed networking and telecommunications equipment.
     With these new flash-based ProASIC FPGAs, Actel now boasts the industry's
 most robust line of industrial grade, non-volatile programmable solutions.
 Designers of extended temperature range systems can now choose from
 single-chip, "live at power up" devices that range in density from 2K to 287K
 system gates.
     "For the first time, designers of industrial grade equipment have access
 to FPGA devices that not only satisfy their extended temperature requirements,
 but also deliver the 'instant-on' needs of many systems," said Dennis Kish,
 vice president, marketing at Actel.  "What's more, our new industrial
 temperature offerings enable us to address the market as many of our customers
 are seeking single-chip solutions that improve time-to-market while reducing
 the design complexity and costs normally associated with custom devices."
     According to Kish, Actel's ProASIC 500K solutions offer designers the
 benefits of both application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and
 programmable logic devices (PLDs).  Like other PLDs, ProASIC devices reduce
 time-to-market and minimize design risk and investment, requiring no mask sets
 or silicon re-spins.  Like ASICs, ProASIC devices are single-chip and
 "live-at-power-up," eliminating the need for a separate boot device, such as a
 serial programmable read only memory (PROM) associated with static random
 access memory (SRAM) FPGAs, thereby simplifying board design and cost.  In
 addition, ProASIC devices operate at very low power, using only one-half of
 the power consumed by SRAM FPGAs and other PLDs based on look-up tables (LUTs)
 at the same supply voltage.
 
     Non-volatile, Single-chip, Reprogrammable Solutions
     The ProASIC 500K family consists of four devices ranging in size from
 98,000 to 473,000 system gates and includes up to 65k bits of embedded
 two-port memory.  The ProASIC 500K family combines the advantages of ASICs
 with the benefits of PLDs through its non-volatile flash technology.  ProASIC
 500K devices make it possible to create high-density systems using existing
 ASIC or FPGA design flows and tools, shortening time to production.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The A500K050 and A500K130 are available for immediate shipment in
 industrial temperature grades.  These devices are also available as commercial
 temperature products. Volume pricing for the initial ProASIC 500K devices
 starts at $27.60.
 
     About Actel
     Actel is The Programmable ASIC Solutions Company.  Programmable ASICs
 (application-specific integrated circuits) offer the benefits of both
 conventional ASICs (single chip and low power and price) and programmable
 logic devices (faster time to market plus reduced design and inventory risks).
 For customers requiring discrete programmable logic solutions, Actel's FPGAs
 (field programmable gate arrays) are secure, non-volatile and
 "live-at-power-up."  For customers requiring embedded programmable solutions,
 Actel's intellectual property cores will enable the integration of
 reprogrammable logic functions in ASICs or ASSPs (application specific
 standard products) on standard processes.  Customers can further accelerate
 time to market by using Actel's Protocol Design Services Group.  Actel is
 traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ACTL and is located at
 955 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94086-4533.
 Telephone:  888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).  Internet:  http://www.actel.com.
     NOTE:  ProASIC and the Actel name and logo are registered trademarks of
 Actel Corporation.  All other trademarks and service marks are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Actel Corp.