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Actel supports move toward environmentally safe products

27 February 2002 News

Programmable logic solutions provider, Actel, has underscored its commitment to leading-edge technology advancements by announcing the availability of lead-free packaging options for its ProASIC 500K, eX and SX-A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) families.

The company's new lead-free packaging offers an environment-friendly alternative to standard lead-based packages. Actel's flash-based ProASIC 500K family is well suited to communications, industrial and avionics applications; the eX and SX-A antifuse families are appropriate for e-appliances, communications and consumer applications.

Japan now requires all semiconductors manufactured in that country to have lead-free packaging. Most Japanese-based companies are insisting that all of their vendors comply with the regulations. Europe is moving in the same direction with its 'Wastes from electric and electronic equipment' (WEEE) directive, which requires the replacement of lead in electrical and electronic equipment by 2007.

"The United States has been slower than Japan and Europe to adopt more stringent, environmentally friendly packaging requirements for electronics products," said Barry Marsh, vice president of product marketing for Actel. "Actel is committed to bringing innovative products to market using leading- edge packaging methodologies, including environmentally safe alternatives. Because a lead-free packaging option is rapidly becoming a key purchasing criterion, we are pleased to offer these solutions to our customers for their communications, consumer, industrial and avionics applications."

Qualification of Actel's lead-free packaging for its ProASIC 500K, eX and SX-A FPGAs is complete and packages are available now. The lead-free packages are offered at the same prices as Actel's standard products. Actel will continue to offer both package options for its ProASIC, eX and SX-A product families.

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



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