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UMC, Actel partner on 'lowest' power FPGA

Posted: 11 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Actel? UMC? IGLOO? FPGA? ProASIC3 FPGA?

Actel Corp. and UMC have teamed up to produce Actel IGLOO family, touted as the industry's 'lowest' power FPGAs. Combining UMC's proprietary 0.13?m low-power and e-Flash processes and Actel's IGLOO power mode options and Flash*Freeze technology enable power consumption as low as 5W, a new industry standard.

"In August, we introduced IGLOO, a game-changing device for the portable marketplace with four times less static power consumption than its nearest competitor and battery life conservation five times longer than the current leading PLDs in portable applications," said Dr. Esmat Hamdy, company founder and senior VP of technology and operations at Actel. "As we planned the product rollout, it was paramount that we selected a foundry partner with a proven low-power flash process technology that complemented the inherent low-power benefits of our reprogrammable ProASIC3 FPGA architecture. As a technology leader in the industry, UMC was the right fit for our unique product requirements."

"Actel is a world leader in providing single-chip FPGA solutions. Their decision to work with UMC as their primary foundry for the IGLOO family demonstrates the strong reputation of UMC's process technology for the development of low-power SoCs for portable applications," said Dr. Fu Tai Liou, president of the America business group at UMC.

IGLOO family has up to three million system gates and builds upon the features of Actel's ProASIC3 flash FPGAs, such as live-at-power-up and secure AES-based in-system programmability. Claimed as the only low-power FPGA solution to support 1.2V, IGLOO family has several power modes to optimize power consumptionFlash*Freeze mode, low-power active mode and sleep mode. It offers up to 616 user I/Os, six PLLs, 504Kbits of RAM and 350MHz performance in both commercial and industrial grades.

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