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Programmer eases FPGA, embedded software design

Posted: 30 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software? programmer? IDE? FPGA?


Actel Corp. introduces the FlashPro4 Programmer for supporting Actel's flash FPGAs, including the IGLOO series and ProASIC3 series (including RT ProASIC3), SmartFusion and Actel Fusion families. The programmer also supports FPGA embedded software program and debug managed by Actel's SoftConsole Integrated Design Environment (IDE) for embedded processors.

FlashPro4 offers high performance communication through the use of USB 2.0. It is high-speed compliant for full use of the 480Mbit/s bandwidth. For IGLOO nano 1.2 V core FPGAs, 1.2 V programming is supported.

"FlashPro4 provides our flash FPGA customers with the latest hardware technology for performing both hardware design implementation and software program implementation for embedded processor designs," said Wendy Lockhart, senior manager, design solutions, Actel. "In addition, it provides a common approach for facilitating FPGA debug for tools such as Synopsys Identify RTL debugger and Actel's on-chip debug, plus SoftConsole, Actel's embedded software IDE. It is also low enough in cost that our customers can include it with their end systems, so their customers and support personnel can readily perform in-system programming updates in the field."

The programmer offers a common interface for hardware and software debug for Synopsys Identify, Actel on-chip debug, and Actel SoftConsole embedded software IDE. It is a low cost in-system programming hardware for a single FPGA or chain of Actel flash FPGAs and replaces and is fully backward compatible with the previous FlashPro3 programmer.

The FlashPro4 programmer is now available for $49. The kit includes a USB cable, a ribbon cable with 10-pin JTAG connector, and a quickstart card.

The FlashPro software is available for free, either standalone or as part of all Actel Libero Integrated Design Environment versions.

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