Actel Fusion Programmable System Chip (PSC) Performs System Management

Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) today announced its single-chip Actel Fusion(TM) Programmable System Chip (PSC) can perform system management functions within electronic systems, a $2.5 billion global market opportunity. These tasks include power and thermal management, data logging and system diagnostics within a variety of markets, including telecommunications, industrial, automotive, aerospace, military and medical.

While many designs can require hundreds of components to handle system management, the Actel Fusion PSC, the industry’s only mixed-signal field-programmable gate array (FPGA), can integrate these system management functions and provide programmable flexibility — all in a single chip. As a result, Fusion PSCs can offer cost and space savings of 50 percent or greater relative to current implementations.

“We believe there will be a dramatic acceleration in the adoption of highly flexible and integrated solutions in lieu of utilizing hundreds of discrete components for system management,” said Dennis Kish, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Actel. “Our Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs enable us to address the global market at a time when designers are searching for system management solutions that reduce system cost while also improving reliability.”

Standards-based Implementations
Increased costs and risks are driving the adoption of standards, such as the Micro Telecom Computing Architecture (MicroTCA). To meet this growing trend, Actel also announced today several MicroTCA reference designs (see release “Actel Rolls Out Industry’s First FPGA-based System Management for MicroTCA Market”). Actel believes these free, tested reference designs will drive MicroTCA adoption and provide templates for the customization of system management functions. To support system management applications like MicroTCA, Actel also offers its portfolio of intellectual property (IP) cores for processing, analog and memory interface and communications.

System Management Development Kit
To speed development time, Actel offers the System Management Development Kit. Equipped with a Fusion PSC, this complete prototyping and development kit includes a set of key demonstrations, including power-up detection, power sequencing, system diagnostics and remote communications.

Pricing and Availability
The Fusion PSC System Management and MicroTCA reference design information is available for free online and through Actel’s worldwide sales team. Available today, the System Management Development Kit costs $895. For more information, please contact Actel.

About Actel
Actel Corporation is the leader in single-chip FPGA solutions. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, Calif., 94043-4655. For more information about Actel, call 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).

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