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Product category: Programmable Logic Devices
News Release from: Actel Europe
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 6 December 2001

Alliance has designs
on reprogrammable cores

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As an integral part of its VariCore strategy, Actel has unveiled its VariCore Design Alliance

This programme will train, certify and support independent, worldwide ASIC design services companies in the proficient use of Actel's VariCore embedded programmable gate array (EPGA) intellectual property (IP) cores. Tality Corporation, the worldūs largest independent SoC design services and IP provider, has signed on as the program's anchor member.

As a member, Tality will enable its customers who are exploring reconfigurable logic solutions for system-level applications to smoothly deploy into their SoC designs Actel's VariCore EPGAs, which are complete SRAM-based embedded "soft hardware" reprogrammable cores.

The program's goal is to provide SoC designers with the background and expertise necessary to integrate embedded FPGAs into complex system-level designs.

Actel plans to announce a number of additional program members over the coming weeks.

"Tality is often at the leading edge of SoC development and sees a growing need for reconfigurable logic in next-generation system-level silicon designs", stated Jim Douglas, vice president of marketing at Tality.

"We are excited to be Actelūs anchor member in a program that affords us new skill levels and the ability to add much greater flexibility to our customers' designs".

"By establishing the VariCore Design Alliance, Actel is addressing the increasingly complex engineering development needs of customers as they adopt an embedded FPGA approach for their system-level designs", said John East, president and chief executive officer at Actel.

"Talityūs extensive SoC design expertise makes them an ideal partner to work with their clients seeking to take advantage of our VariCore EPGA solutions".

As part of the VariCore Design Alliance programme, Actel provides member companies with comprehensive training in the use of its VariCore IP solutions, including EPGA core design and VariCore's integrated ASIC flow and methodology.

Course testing and program certification will also be offered.

Certified partner companies will gain access to VariCore design and emulation tools, documentation and EPGA design technical and marketing support.

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