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Actel unveils development ecosystem for mixed-signal FPGAs

Posted: 20 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Clive Maxfield? Actel? Fusion? FPGA? Programmable System Chip?

Actel Corp. has enhanced its Fusion mixed-signal FPGA offeringwhich Actel refer to as Programmable System Chips (PSCs)with a development ecosystem that supports power and thermal management applications.

The Fusion ecosystem enables customers to speed the development and reduce the complexity of designs based on Actel's mixed-signal FPGAs. Introduced in December 2005, Fusion PSC devices integrate digital logic, analog functionality, up to 8Mbits of embedded flash memory, and FPGA fabric on a single chip for a broad range of application areas that previously relied on costly and space-consuming discrete analog components or mixed-signal ASIC devices.

Extensive ecosystem supports PSC implementation
Supporting its strong focus on specific applications for the Fusion product family, Actel has made available a range of application information. In December 2005, Actel introduced eleven application notes and briefs with a power management focus as well as a power management demonstration design for the Fusion Starter Kit.

With this new release, Actel is introducing additional application information with a focus on thermal management. There are three application briefs: one for thermal management, a DC/DC conversion brief, and an LED backlight control document. Additionally, there is a thermal management demonstration design for the Fusion Starter Kit and an application note describing thermal monitoring techniques with Fusion.

The Fusion Ecosystem includes 99 IP cores to serve as building blocks for rapid system design. Two new DirectCores have been developed specifically for the Fusion platform. CoreCFI provides a flash memory interface, per the common flash interface standard, and CoreFMEE extends the life of the flash memory to emulate the high endurance of EEPROMs using the Fusion device's large internal flash memory.

This offering also includes the Fusion Backbone IP, whichin conjunction with Actel's SmartGenprovides a simple interface and configuration tool for Fusion analog and large nonvolatile memory systems.

The Actel Fusion Starter Kit, also introduced last month, is a comprehensive design environment that includes a development board, FlashPro3 programmer, power supply, software tools and reference designs for fast and easy implementation of Fusion devices.

Finally, the Fusion Ecosystem includes over 30 Solution Partners that provide geographical reach and additional application expertise as well as component and board-level knowledge. Ultimodule, Ishnatek, and Monolithic Power are partners that provide support for Fusion with application briefs highlighting that company's products working with Fusion devices.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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