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Product category: Programmable Logic Devices
News Release from: Actel Europe
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 8 September 2005

Actel commits to
military and aerospace markets

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Actel has revealed an extensive product roadmap that will enable military and aerospace engineers to develop system designs with high reliability, advanced features and superior performance

Providing the military and aerospace markets with a clear path to future designs, Actel has revealed an extensive product roadmap that will enable military and aerospace engineers to develop system designs with high reliability, advanced features and superior performance. As part of the roadmap, Actel plans to deliver the first Flash-based live-at-power-up FPGA for space applications, enabling easy prototyping and in-space reconfigurability.

Actel's roadmap also includes two additions to its existing antifuse-based families.

The new RTAX4000S device will be the industry's highest density radiation-tolerant FPGA at 4 million system gates.

Further, the onshore-manufactured RHAX250S device, based on Actel's existing RTAX250S device, will be radiation-hardened assured (RHA) and offer a guaranteed high total dose rating with QML class-V screening.

'The minimal form factor of our single-chip devices and their high radiation tolerance have allowed Actel to rise above the competition in the military and aerospace markets', said Ken O'Neill, Director, Military and Aerospace Product Marketing at Actel.

'In addition, we continue to develop new technologies for the space industry that will push densities to new levels and drive innovation in features and performance while offering extremely high reliability'.

Actel's Flash-based FPGAs for space applications will bring a unique set of advantages for system designers.

Like Actel's other space-flight FPGAs, the devices will be single chip, for minimum board space and weight, and practically immune to radiation-induced single-event upsets (SEUs).

In addition, the devices' reprogramability will be useful for quick prototypes and in-flight reconfigurability.

These devices will be extensively modified for space-flight applications and will have higher radiation tolerance than the equivalent commercial parts.

The RHAX250S device, derived from the company's successful RTAX-S family, is a rad-hard 250,000-system-gate FPGA that is planned for manufacture at BAE Systems' RH CMOS foundry in Manassas, Virginia.

The BAE Systems foundry will give the product two distinct benefits for space-flight customers: it will be an RHA product with a high guaranteed total dose rating with QML class-V screening and will also be manufactured entirely within the continental USA, as required by the recent 'trusted foundry' initiative established by the US Department of Defense.

No competitor today offers an RH-FPGA of this density level from an onshore foundry.

Products are planned for delivery by the end of 2006.

As part of its ongoing effort to support the military and aerospace markets, Actel will continue to develop military-temperature plastic, military-temperature hermetic and MIL-STD-883 Class B versions of the company's commercial products.

As designers of space systems generally require that new technology first obtain an established track record of reliability in non-mission-critical applications, Actel maintains a philosophy of developing and delivering products to its commercial customer base and then enhancing those product offerings for the high-reliability community.

Further, Actel provides support to its military and aerospace customers with a high-reliability tools package that offers a comprehensive selection of tools for synthesis, functional verification and the implementation of DSP functions. Request free introductory details about products from Actel Europe....

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