ASIC Design Services joins VariCore Design Alliance along with five other international companies

27 February 2002 News

Actel has added six new members to its VariCore Design Alliance. The Alliance is a worldwide programme to train, certify and support independent ASIC design services companies in the proficient use of Actel's VariCore embedded programmable gate array (EPGA) intellectual property (IP) cores. The programme's goal is to provide SoC designers with the background and expertise necessary to integrate embedded FPGAs into complex system-level designs.

Joining Tality in the Alliance, the six new members give the programme an international reach. The new members are Accent, based in Vimercate, Italy; ASIC Design Services, based in Midrand, South Africa; Faraday Technology based in Taiwan and California; Protocol Design Services, a division of Actel, based in New Jersey; QThink, based in California; and Spinnaker Systems based in Tokyo, Japan.

"The expansion of our VariCore Design Alliance program is evidence of an increasing global interest to bring the benefits of reconfigurable logic to SoCs," said John East, president and CEO, Actel. "With these six new members, Actel is demonstrating its commitment to build a well-informed, embedded FPGA technology knowledge base while also broadening worldwide access to VariCore IP. We are excited to have such a truly international representation of leading design services companies in our new program."

"Our membership in this programme is a natural progression for ASIC Design Services," said Tony Dal Maso, president, ASIC Design Services. "As SoC designs using embedded FPGAs become more prevalent, our FPGA and ASIC design experience can be directly applied to SoC designs integrating VariCore EPGA cores."

As part of the VariCore Design Alliance programme, Actel provides member companies with comprehensive training in the use of its VariCore IP solutions, including EPGA core design and VariCore's integrated ASIC flow and methodology. Course testing and program certification will also be offered. Certified partner companies will gain access to VariCore design and emulation tools, documentation and EPGA design technical and marketing support. For more see

For further information contact Kobus van Rooyen, ASIC Design Services, 011 315 8316, [email protected]


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