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Actel eX FPGAs selected by Eleven Engineering

Posted: 03 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:actel? ex fpga? ethx? wireless ethernet bridge platform? xinc?

Actel Corp. has revealed that its low-power eX family of FPGAs is being used in Eleven Engineering's ETHx wireless Ethernet bridge platform. ETHx is a complete chipset and product design package for secure driver-free 802.3-compliant point-to-point wireless Ethernet cable replacement that is suitable for use in low-cost consumer and commercial products at 900MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz.

Actel's eX FPGAs serve as the high-speed I/O interface between Eleven Engineering's novel XInC wireless processor and an Ethernet PHY in the ETHx platform. With internal clock speeds in excess of 350MHz and clock-to-out delays as fast as 3.9ns, Actel's eX FPGAs provide the performance necessary to enable fast I/O throughput for Eleven Engineering's high-speed XInC wireless processor.

Eleven Engineering's XInC wireless processor is a multithreaded-hardware 16-bit pipelined RISC processor with eight independent hardware threads, each behaving as a separate processor with unrestricted access to main memory and the peripheral bus. XInC's architecture results in MIPS per gate efficiency and slashed time-to-market. When coupled with an Actel eX FPGA, high-speed I/O throughput between the XInC processor and other devices in the ETHx platform can be achieved.

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