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Avnet rolls out evaluation kit for Actel ProASIC3

Posted: 02 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Avnet? Actel? ProASIC3? Evaluation Kit? FPGA?

Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia, an operating group of Avnet Inc., has announced the release of its Actel ProASIC3 Evaluation Kit, said to be the only available solution that enables product development and evaluation using the highest density ProASIC3 FPGA. Featuring a single-chip, one-million-gate A3P1000 device in a 484-pin FBGA package, the new kit provides customers a low-cost solution to validate the performance of the high-density, kit-compatible A3P400, A3P600 and A3P1000 ProASIC3 devices. For designers of power-sensitive portable applications, the kit also enables quick prototyping of the new flash-based Actel IGLOO family, the industry's lowest power FPGAs.

Avnet's new evaluation kit allows flexible implementation options for the up to 288 user I/Os, including high-speed, single-ended and differential pairs and provides more than 50 uncommitted GPIOs brought to header pins. Additionally, expansion bus signal integrity is maintained by using high-speed Q-strip connectors that support daughter cards designed to Avnet's EXP expansion module specification.

The Actel ProASIC3 Evaluation Kit contains a single-chip A3P1000 FPGA, power supply, tutorials and support documentation in addition to the board.

"To meet customers' stringent product requirements, OEMs nowadays are looking for higher density FPGAs that deliver more functionality," said Andy Wong, senior director of segment marketing and design services for Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia. "With Actel ProASIC3 Evaluation Kit, Avnet is expanding options, including density and pin count, for designers using flash-based FPGAs. Combined with our value-added technical support, customers now can bring their products to market sooner while enjoying the cost effectiveness."

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