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Product category: Programmable Logic Devices
News Release from: Actel Europe | Subject: Automotive MX and SX-A solutions
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 10 April 2003

Automotive FPGAs come
with optimised IP solutions

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A new line of FPGAs is aimed specifically at the automotive market

Actel has developed a new line of FPGAs aimed specifically at the automotive market. Characterised for operation from -40 to +125C ambient temperature and up to 150C junction temperature, the highest temperatures among competitive FPGA solutions, the initial offering includes all members of Actel's successful eX family with plans to extend the automotive line to also include the company's MX and SX-A families.

Leveraging the inherent low power, high performance, low cost and security benefits of Actel's nonvolatile antifuse technology, Actel's automotive FPGAs enable designers to use programmable logic for their traditionally low-density ASIC requirements.

The new automotive products are well suited to in-cab control and interconnect functions for a range of telematics applications, such as navigation, speech recognition, control/comfort systems, passenger monitors and heads-up displays.

"The introduction of our new automotive eX FPGAs is a timely one, as the design benefits of programmable logic solutions address the growing demand for more advanced, more converged in-cab applications", said Barry Marsh, Vice President of Product Marketing at Actel Corp.

"Further, with the acknowledged benefits of our single-chip, nonvolatile technologies in combination with our long history of delivering highly reliable solutions, Actel's automotive products deliver the features and small package flexibility automotive customers need to speed time to market without compromising cost or performance while offering improved quality and durability for in-cab automotive systems".

Actel's automotive eX family includes three products, the eX64A, eX128A and the eX256A, and is available in 2.5 or 3.3V operating modes.

For these new automotive solutions, Actel offers customers the industry's broadest package portfolio certified to extended automotive temperature, including chip scale (CS) and fine-pitch ball-grid array (FBGA).

Actel also offers customers a broad portfolio of IP specifically designed and optimised for in-cab automotive applications.

Initially, Actel and its partners Memec Design, Amphion Semiconductor, Cast and Inicore will offer more than 30 IP cores for Actel's automotive solutions, including: CAN, I2C interface, SPI, Z80CPU, MC-ACT-6809 CPU, Reed Solomon and DES/3DES/AES.

By providing customers with predesigned IP, Actel helps reduce design time and provides the ability to integrate multiple design elements into a one-chip solution, reducing an application's component count and cost.

"Since 1996, we've supported common automotive IP, such as the CANbus, and our products are used by customers worldwide", said Dr Richard Joy, Vice President at Memec Design.

"With the huge market opportunity for FPGA technology in the growing automotive market, Memec Design is excited to be involved with Actel and we intend to support its venture fully".

The automotive eX family is available now in production-level volumes.

Actel's automotive MX and SX-A solutions are expected to be available in early Q3 2003.

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