Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) has received ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification. When combined with AEC-Q100 Grade 1 and Grade 2 qualification of its ProASIC(R)3 devices and the company’s Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) documentation, the new certification ensures that customers can deploy Actel’s automotive grade, low-power field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and confirms that the company’s design, development and production procedures meet the standard’s strict guidelines.
Actel’s flash-based FPGA devices offer the industry’s lowest power and critical firm error immunity levels not achieved by SRAM-based solutions. This enables a wide variety of transportation vehicles — from standard automobiles to trucks and locomotives — to leverage the flexibility, performance and overall lower program costs of using FPGAs in high-reliability applications. To date, more than 70% of the Actel’s automotive-grade, flash-based devices are used in “under-the-hood” applications such as powertrain, safety and transmission control modules.
The ProASIC3 family also offers on-chip flash memory for FPGA switch control, making them immune to neutron-induced firm errors which can cause configuration upsets — a mandatory requirement in an industry driving toward zero defects. Actel’s automotive-grade products provide the first viable alternative to complex and costly application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology in under-the-hood applications.
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