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Actel unveils FPGA starter kit

Posted: 10 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Actel Corp. announced a flexible, low-cost starter kit for its antifuse-based, high-performance Axcelerator field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices.

Available in both a basic evaluation and an advanced prototyping version, the new Axcelerator Starter Kit features an evaluation board equipped with the company's AX250-PQ208 Axcelerator device, the Libero Gold Integrated Design Environment (IDE), tutorials and support documentation.

The prototyping kit also includes a programming socket module adapter and a six-month loaner program certificate for Actel's Silicon Sculptor II programmer. With the advanced version, users can navigate through the entire design process, from HDL to programming, while exploring the inherent benefits of the Axcelerator devices, including high performance, low-power consumption and high security for a variety of applications, the press release said. Additionally, starter kit users will be able to submit custom Axcelerator designs and receive free, programmed samples within 24 hours (if North-American based) through the company's new Online Prototyping Service (OPS).

"With today's introduction of the Axcelerator Starter Kit, Actel builds upon its continued commitment to provide customers with complete, easy-to-use solutions for some of today's toughest design challenges," shared Saloni Howard-Sarin, director of antifuse and tools marketing. "Increasingly, designs require the utmost in performance and reliability, and with this one-stop starter kit, Axcelerator's rich combination of benefits, such as high performance, low power, high security and immunity to costly firm errors can be implemented more quickly and at a better value than ever before."

Providing added flexibility, the evaluation board is fitted with a PQ208 socket, enabling designers to interchange the AX250-PQ208 with the larger AX500-PQ208 device without changing boards. A prototyping area is also provided on the board to allow for use with a greater variety of customer designs. In addition, to familiarize users with the key features of the Axcelerator devices, the AX250 device arrives pre-programmed with a demonstration application and all source files.

The Axcelerator family

Built upon the company's AX architecture, the antifuse-based Axcelerator family delivers better than 500MHz internal operation and up to 100 percent resource utilization. According to a press release, these live at power-up, single-chip Axcelerator FPGAs avoid in-rush current spikes, simplify system power supply design, and generally offer lower standby and dynamic power consumption than competing solutions.

The Axcelerator Starter Kit will be available in both basic evaluation and advanced prototyping versions for $249 and $695, respectively.

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