Programmable Logic


Flash-based ProASIC FPGAs qualified to industrial specs

9 May 2001 Programmable Logic

Actel is shipping the industry's first flash-based, 'live-at-power-up', field program- mable 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 reprogrammable, nonvolatile, low-power, single-chip units guaranteed to operate at ambient temperatures ranging from -40 to +85°C, says Actel. 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 claims it can offer the industry's most robust line of industrial grade, nonvolatile 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 is 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 minimise 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, so simplifying board design and cost. ProASIC devices also operate at very low power, using half of the power consumed by SRAM FPGAs and other PLDs based on look-up tables.

Actel is represented in South Africa by ASIC Design Services. For further information contact Kobus van Rooyen (011) 315 8316, [email protected]



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