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Portable programmer for in-system programmability

10 April 2002 Programmable Logic

Actel and First Silicon Solutions (FS2) are offering the Flash Pro programmer, which provides in-system programmability (ISP) for Actel's flash-based ProASIC FPGA families, including its new ProASICPLUS family. FS2 worked closely with Actel to bring a complete programming solution that gives designers access to an ISP application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) alternative when designing highly complex applications.

The in-system programmability feature uses the IEEE standard 1149.1 Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) interface, which permits devices to be programmed after they are mounted on the PCB, simplifies the handling of high pin-count devices, eliminates sockets and allows higher board performance. Flash Pro also supports the Standard Test and Programming Language (STAPL), which makes the programmer independent of any specific programming algorithms. The Flash Pro programmer will support new devices immediately upon release with a new STAPL file, eliminating the need to wait for programmer algorithm upgrades.

The ProASICPLUS family consists of six devices ranging in density from 150 000 to 1-million system gates. The combination of a fine-grained, ASIC-like architecture and nonvolatile flash configuration memory makes the ProASICPLUS offering a strong ASIC alternative. The devices are live at power up, highly secure and require no separate configuration memory.

For further information contact Kobus van Rooyen, ASIC Design Services, 011 315 8316, kobus@asic.co.za



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