Actel Corporation’s ProASIC3L family of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) feature 40% lower dynamic power and 90% lower static power than its previous-generation ProASIC3 FPGAs. The new flash-based family offers reduced power consumption and up to 350MHz operation. The ProASIC3L FPGAs are ideal for high-performance market segments, such as industrial, medical, and scientific. The ProASIC3L family also supports the free implementation of an FPGA-optimized 32-bit ARM Cortex-M1 processor, allowing system designers to select the Actel flash-based FPGA solution that best meets their speed and power design requirements regardless of application or volume.

The ProASIC3L devices support a 1.2V core voltage and Actel’s innovative Flash*Freeze technology. Flash*Freeze enables designers to quickly switch the device from dynamic operation to static without switching off clocks or power supplies. In a typical high-speed design using comparable one-million gate FPGAs, SRAM-based competitive solutions consume 60% higher dynamic power and 100 times more static power than the ProASIC3L devices, which consume just 100mA of dynamic power and 1mW of static power.

Based on Actel’s successful ProASIC3 architecture, the ProASIC3L family is comprised of four family members ranging from 250,000 to three million gates: the A3P250L, A3P600L, A3P1000L and A3PE3000L. Offered in both commercial and industrial temperature grades, the devices feature embedded SRAM memory, high I/O counts, phase-locked loops (PLLs) and nonvolatile memory.

Free of the license and royalty fees typically associated with industry-leading processor cores, Actel is initially offering the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M1 processor for use in its 600,000-gate ProASIC3L device, the M1A3P600L. Operating at up to 70 MHz and consuming 32 percent of available chip real estate, the highly configurable processor provides a good balance between size and speed, while offering space for customization.

Actel will offer ProASIC3L and an M1-enabled ProASIC3L starter kits to enable designers to quickly evaluate the family and prototype their low-power design. Detailed current-monitoring capabilities allow users to directly measure the low-current consumption and validate the design’s performance when using ProASIC3L or M1-enabled ProASIC3L devices. The ProASIC3L family is sampling now. Pricing for the ProASIC3L family, including the M1-enabled devices, starts at $3.95 in volume. The M1A3P600L will also be available in Q1 2008 with the three remaining M1-enabled family members slated for Q2 and Q3 2008. The two ProASIC3L starter kits will be available in Q1 2008.

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