Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Actel introduces low-power, I/O-optimised FPGA family

 Broadening its extensive portfolio of low-power programmable solutions for power-conscious designs, Actel Corporation today introduced IGLOO PLUS, a new family of low-power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with power-, area-, logic- and feature-per-I/O ratios in a programmable device.

The new 5 microwatt (5µW) I/O-optimised IGLOO PLUS family also offers up to 64 percent more I/Os than the company's award-winning IGLOO family and supports independent Schmitt Trigger inputs, hot swapping and Flash*Freeze bus hold.

The low-power consumption and I/O optimisation of the IGLOO PLUS family makes it an ideal solution for portable electronics in consumer, industrial, communications, medical and test applications, particularly those employing I/O-intensive memory bus manipulation, general-purpose I/O expansion, sequencing, interface translation, storage and human interface touch screen and key pad technology.

"Users continue to demand a growing list of features on their portable devices, and yet expect the cost and battery life of those devices to remain the same," said Fares Mubarak, senior vice president of Actel Corporation. 

"Today, the new I/O-optimised, cost-effective IGLOO PLUS family gives designers a sophisticated feature-rich programmable logic platform for dramatically reducing power consumption without sacrificing functionality or driving up the cost of their end products." 

Pricing and Availability

Samples of the IGLOO PLUS devices will be available in May with qualified devices available in Q3 2008. The IGLOO PLUS family is supported by the Actel Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE) v8.3 software available in March. Volume pricing starts at $1.95 for the 120-I/O AGLP030 device in a CS201 package. 

Contact details

For further information, contact Stephanie Mrus/Clive Jones, Actel Corporation on +1 650 318 4200 or Stephanie.mrus@actel.com or clive.jones@actel.com.

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