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Sanyo Denki eyes Actel's FPGAs for new products

Posted: 10 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial application? mixed signal? FPGA?

Sanyo Denki Co. Ltd has selected mixed-signal Actel Corp.'s Fusion FPGAs to be used for its new RA035 position detection device (encoder) for servo motors for industrial applications. Known for its low-power, high accuracy and integration capabilities, the 600,000-gate AFS600 Actel Fusion device is employed as the main process circuit, transferring signals from the resolver into position data. More than the 50-percent reduction in power use against other solutions, the RA035 lowers dangerous waste and draws away the necessity for maintenance by allowing the detection of the absolute motor position without a battery. The Fusion-based RA035 also gives ecological benefits such as reduction of energy use equivalent to 190 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Sanyo Denki plans for the installation of mixed-signal Fusion FPGAs for future products, after the successful production of the RA035. The company also examines Actel's ARM processor-enabled FPGAs for their next-generation designs.

Environmental concern
"Lowering power use to make our products environmentally friendly is one of our targets for product development. The use of Actel's single-chip, mixed-signal Fusion FPGA in our new RA035 has resulted in dramatic decrease in power use compared to other solutions," said Makiuchi, first design department chief engineer, servo systems division, Sanyo Denki. "Significantly minimizing product size and component size, one Fusion device can also manage multiple functions, such as flash ROM, CPU and communications gate array, each of which may be used to require an individual IC. Because of their leading power, flexibility, integration and accuracy advantages, we seek to continue employing Actel's flash-based FPGA technologies for our future designs."

Managing power use
"Sanyo Denki's choice of integrating our Actel Fusion FPGAs underscores the power use and power management advantages that mixed-signal, flash-based FPGAs provide for today's power-sensitive industrial applications," said Masa Katayama, area sales director, Actel.

"For high-precision industrial applications, Actel's mixed-signal Fusion FPGA offers the low-power use, smart system and power management, high accuracy and integration needed by the increasing community of global industrial designers," he added.

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