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Product category: Programmable Logic Devices
News Release from: Actel Europe | Subject: eX FPGAs
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 24 September 2003

Automotive spec FPGAs
speed systems to market

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Valeo's Electronics and Connective Systems Division uses Actel eX FPGAs to refine research and development programmes, enable advanced concepts and ultimately shorten time to production

As a global leader among suppliers of automotive electronics, Valeo relies heavily on intensive research and development to maintain its leadership position and deliver unique products to market on time and cost effectively. Today's automobiles contain many miles of wiring, hundreds of circuits, and a wide variety of other technologies that facilitate designers with the power to create vehicles that are smarter, safer, easier to use, and more integrated than ever before.

Engineers at Valeo depend on continuous innovation to increase the level of in-cab digital information and entertainment, whilst simultaneously reducing the wiring overhead.

A particularly innovative solution to this problem from Valeo enables data and control signal transmission to be implemented using the vehicles' existing power supply network.

eX FPGAs from Actel have enabled this next generation communications bus using the DC current as a carrier.

Valeo relied on the eX pin-locking capabilities, to allow design iterations with different feature sets and options, while maintaining the same footprint on their boards.

Actel's eX FPGAs were selected for their reliability, small form factor, low power, and ease of use.

The flexible eX FPGAs also met Valeo's rigorous quality control standards for the demanding automotive environment.

Actel's automotive eX family is characterised for operation from -40 to +125C ambient temperature and up to 150C junction temperature - the highest temperatures among competing FPGA solutions.

It comprises three products, the eX64A, eX128A and the eX256A, all 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 temperatures, including chip scale (CS) and fine-pitch ball-grid array (FBGA).

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

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