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Actel FPGA offers inherent SEL immunity

Posted: 17 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:actel? fpga? rtax250s? model technology? mentor graphics?

Actel Corp. has expanded its family of FPGAs with the release of the 250,000-gate RTAX250S device.

A radiation-tolerant alternative to ASICs, the product meets the density, performance and radiation-resistance requirements of many various bus and payload applications, such as command and data handling, attitude and orbit control, and management of spacecraft power and environmental controls.

The RTAX-S devices offer inherent single-event latch-up (SEL) immunity, immunity to SEUs with a LET threshold greater than 37MeVcm?/mg, and total ionizing dose performance in the region of 300Krads. The family also features embedded RAM with an upset rate of <1E-10 errors/bit-day with error detection and correction (EDAC). With 250,000 system gates, or 30,000 ASIC-equivalent gates, the RTAX250S contains support for up to 54Kb of embedded SRAM, 248 user I/Os, and 1,408 SEU-hardened registers.

The RTAX-S family is supported by the company's Libero integrated design environment and Designer tool suite, which includes place and route, timing analysis and memory generation functionality. Additional support for the family is provided by third-party tools from Model Technology, Mentor Graphics, Synplicity, Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys.

Prototyping capability for the RTAX250S is available with production scheduled to begin in the second-half of this year. Pricing for the RTAX250S will start at $3,980 for 25 units.

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