Actel Ships Industry's First MIL-STD-883B Qualified Flash-Based FPGAs

Company Continues to Strengthen Military Offering With Fully-Qualified Flexible and Reprogrammable Platform

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Helping its customers address the rigorous reliability requirements of military applications, Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) today announced the availability of the industry's first fully qualified MIL-STD 883B flash-based field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Actel's reprogrammable, nonvolatile ProASIC Plus FPGAs passed extensive testing at extreme conditions to achieve compliance with MIL-STD 883 Class B and qualify for use in high-reliability defense applications, such as military avionics and weapons systems. In addition, the FPGAs deliver the low-power consumption, design security and firm-error immunity capabilities that are hallmarks of Actel's ProASIC Plus family of devices.

"Especially in military avionics applications, the reliability of each individual component is critical," said Ravi Pragasam, senior manager, military and aerospace product marketing at Actel. "While competitive products only offer mil-temp variations and have not gone through extensive MIL-STD 883B qualification and testing, Actel's ProASIC Plus B Flow family offers customers complete assurance that each device has been fully tested to full military specifications. Further, the flexible and reconfigurable platform enables the development of a range of designs without schedule delays or excessive engineering costs."

About the ProASIC Plus B Flow Family

The ProASIC Plus B Flow family, based on Actel's second-generation flash-based FPGAs, consists of three devices ranging in density from 300,000 to 1-million system gates. Offering a compelling alternative to custom ASICs and SRAM-based FPGAs, Actel's ProASIC Plus FPGAs combine a fine-grained, single-chip ASIC-like architecture and nonvolatile flash configuration memory. The devices are live at power-up, low power, highly secure and require no separate configuration memory. Unlike ASICs, the devices require no NRE charges and offer fast prototyping and release to production. Other key features of the ProASIC Plus family include multiple phase-locked loops (PLLs), support for up to 198k bits of two-port embedded SRAM and 712 user-configurable I/Os, with improved in-system programmability (ISP).

Pricing and Availability

The 883B ProASIC Plus products are shipping now with prices beginning at $860 each for 5K units. For further information about Actel's military- qualified FPGAs, please contact Actel.

About Actel

Actel Corporation is the leader in single-chip FPGA solutions. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, Calif., 94043-4655. For more information about Actel, visit Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).

NOTE: The Actel name and logo and ProASIC Plus are registered trademarks of Actel Corporation. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Clive Jones of Actel Corporation, +1-650-318-4523, or
Email Contact; or Starlayne Meza of Porter Novelli,
+1-408-369-4600, ext. 629, or Email Contact, for Actel

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