Antifuse military-spec FPGAs resist espionage
Emphasising its commitment to military and other high-reliability applications, Actel has released a pair of single-chip, high-performance antifuse FPGAs qualified to military specifications
The company has received Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSSC) approval to ship the A54SX32A and A54SX72A under standard military drawing (SMD) numbers 5962-015180 and 5962-005430, respectively. Featuring up to 72,000 typical gates, or 36,000 application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) gates, Actel's new military-qualified FPGAs deliver system performance up to 250MHz with guaranteed support for 33MHz PCI at case temperatures ranging from -55 to +125C.
These devices are suitable for a wide range of military, aerospace and avionics applications, including radar, command and control, ground-based communications and advanced weapon control systems.
"For military projects in which quick prototyping and fast turnaround times are mandatory, designers are looking for a reliable and flexible solution without the high non-recurring engineering costs associated with ASICs", said Jon Ewald, Director of Product Marketing at Actel.
"Actel has long been committed to providing high-performance, nonvolatile FPGA products for high-reliability applications".
The new SX-A solutions provide designers with a versatile, cost-efficient, single-chip offering when combined with Actel's intellectual property (IP) cores, such as CorePCI and Core1553BRT.
For example, Actel provides an integrated solution with the Core1553BRT and customisable gates on a single chip.
Unlike application-specific standard product (ASSP) 1553B approaches that require separate board components, the Actel offering can be incorporated into the rest of the system design quickly without long design cycles or expensive nonrecurring engineering costs.
Antifuse FPGAs, such as Actel's SX-A devices, offer levels of design security beyond SRAM-based FPGAs and conventional ASIC solutions.
Military planners need not fear having their electronic equipment compromised if lost due to attrition.
As there are no configuration boot PROMs or bitstreams that can be intercepted and decoded, the SX72A and SX32A are extremely secure, thereby preventing copying or reverse engineering of the design.
Fully qualified SX72A and SX32A production quantities are available now.
Software support is provided by the Libero integrated design environment.
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