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FPGA programmer delivers high data throughput

Posted: 25 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Actel? Silicon Sculptor 3? FPGA programming tool?

Actel Corp. has introduced Silicon Sculptor 3, an FPGA programming tool that promises high data throughput and ease of use while reducing overall ownership cost. The new tool includes a high-speed USB 2.0 interface that allows up to 12 programmers to connect to a single PC. The new tool is also compatible with adapter modules from Silicon Sculptor II, thereby preserving investment and enabling seamless upgrade, Actel said.

Leveraging an antifuse-based Axcelerator FPGA device at the heart of the system, Actel said Silicon Sculptor 3 offers four times the memory size of previous generation programmers as well as faster data processing. With 64Mbytes of internal memory, the new tool allows concurrent programming of highly dense parts that could only be programmed non-concurrently with prior programmers, the company said, which translates to higher throughput for even the densest parts. This additional memory will also support the larger algorithms of planned future parts.

Protection features include overcurrent and power failure shutdowns as well as ESD protection. A banana jack for ESD wrist straps is also included. Actel offers support of all device packages including, but not limited to, PLCC, PQFP, VQFP, QFN, BGA, FBGA and CSP.

The new programming tool is the optimal low-cost solution for Actel's entire portfolio of FPGAs, including the standard and ARM-enabled versions of both the ProASIC3 family and the Actel Fusion Programmable System Chips. It also supports the company's entire line of products including the antifuse-based RTAX-S product offerings.

Silicon Sculptor 3 is currently available for $3,400. The tool is compliant with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional.




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