Evaluation for Flash FPGAs
Actel has a low-cost evaluation board for the its Flash-based ProASIC Plus field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)
The new board, developed in conjunction with First Silicon Solutions (FS2), allows designers to access the in-system programmability (ISP) feature of Actel's nonvolatile ProASIC Plus devices as well as to explore various chip characteristics, such as I/O drive characteristics, boundary scan operation, embedded RAM block performance and phase-locked loop (PLL) operation.
With this new platform, Actel enables designers to quickly and accurately evaluate their own designs to determine suitability for their application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) alternative applications in the industrial, communications, networking and avionics markets.
"Since its launch in January 2002, we've seen unprecedented success with our ProASIC Plus offerings due to its single-chip, ASIC-like architecture; the inherent security benefits of Actel's Flash-based FPGAs; and the ISP capability that enables reprogramming of the devices in the field", said Bryon Moyer, senior director of tools and technical marketing at Actel.
"The Actel Libero integrated design environment and Actel Designer software combined with the portable Flash Pro programmer and the new low-cost evaluation board developed with FS2 provide our customers complete support when using Actel's ProASIC Plus family of FPGAs in their communications, industrial and avionics designs".
To enable the user to evaluate any ProASIC Plus device, Actel offers a BG456 prototyping socket as part of the evaluation board.
Other features include a Zilog eZ80 microcontroller, 2Mbyte Flash RAM, 2Mbyte SRAM, and an integrated UART.
Prototyping headers enable the user to add external components when creating a system that is similar to the user's final product.
A standard programming header is also included, allowing the user to program the ProASIC Plus device with either the Flash Pro or Silicon Sculptor programmer from Actel.
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