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Actel FPGAs power BP Microsystems' programming solutions

Posted: 27 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Axcelerator? AX1000? FPGA? field programmable gate array? antifuse?

BP Microsystems announced that it has selected Actel's single-chip, antifuse-based Axcelerator FPGAs for its range of programming solutions. BP Microsystems deployed the AX1000 device as the core controller on the motherboard of seventh-generation engineering, multisite and automated programmers.

All seventh-generation programmers from BP Microsystems will support Actel's flash-based ProASIC3/E family of devices. According to the press release, top-end robotic arm production programmers from BP Microsystems can program the ProASIC3/E devices in under 30 seconds, allowing for the automatic programming of thousands of devices per day with little operator intervention. Additionally, new programming software jointly developed by the two companies enables individual device serialization of the flash ROM in each ProASIC3/E FPGA.

"The speed, security and overall performance of the Actel devices enabled us to add new features to our systems, such as USB 2.0 and support for devices with densities up to 4Gb," said Tim Nolte, director of global business development at BP Microsystems.

Built upon the company's AX architecture, the antifuse-based Axcelerator family promises to deliver internal operation better than 500MHz and resource utilization of up to 100 percent. According to Actel, these FPGAs offer levels of design security beyond SRAM-based offerings and conventional ASIC solutions, enabling designers to safeguard against common security problems, including reverse engineering and denial of service.

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