Arasan Optimizes USB IP Cores for Actel FPGAs

Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. (“Arasan”), a leading supplier of reusable intellectual property (IP) cores, semiconductors and design services, has joined Actel Corporation’s CompanionCore Alliance Program. Arasan has optimized its USB 2.0 Host, USB 2.0 Hub, USB 2.0 Device and USB OTG IP cores for use with Actel’s flash-based, single-chip Actel Fusion, IGLOO, ProASIC3/E and ProASIC Plus field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). With these USB IP offerings, system designers have access to proven building blocks to streamline design and development, shorten time to market and reduce design costs and risks.

Actel CompanionCore products offer seamless implementation through Actel’s suite of internal and third-party EDA development tools, documentation, and quality service and support, thereby streamlining the design process. Specific FPGA target data is available for each IP core on the CompanionCore Web site.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Actel in its CompanionCore program,” said Kevin Walsh, vice president of marketing at Arasan Chip Systems. “Our customers can confidently use these USB cores, and others that we intend to put into the program, knowing we have done all the work to optimize them for use in Actel’s FPGAs.”

Rich Brossart, Actel vice president, product marketing said, “Arasan’s USB IP solutions complement Actel’s flash-based devices, including the company’s innovative Actel Fusion, IGLOO, and ProASIC3/E FPGAs. For customers requiring USB connectivity, the addition of Arasan’s USB 2.0 Host, 2.0 Hub, 2.0 Device and OTG cores to the Actel CompanionCore program will enhance designer productivity and versatility while reducing time to market.”

Total Technology Solution
Arasan provides a total technology solution to all its licensees, including IP source code, a test environment, sample device drivers, synthesis scripts, and complete technical documentation. The total technology solution also includes optional product design development tools like the hardware validation platform and software targeted for Linux. Custom bus integration services are offered to integrate the IP in a customer specific manner. Available for purchase, Arasan’s validation platform is a stand-alone board used to ease compliance testing of as well as prototyping, including driver development.

Pricing and Availability
Licenses for the USB 2.0 Host, USB 2.0 Hub, USB 2.0 Device and USB OTG IP cores are available from Arasan in either synthesizable RTL or Actel-targeted netlist formats. The USB cores are available under special license terms.

About Arasan
Arasan Chip Systems Inc. founded in 1995, is a leading supplier of Reusable Intellectual Property (IP’s) cores, semiconductors and electronic design services. Arasan’s product portfolio is focused on Bus Interfaces and includes IP’s for USB 1.1 & 2.0, PCI, SDIO and CE-ATA technologies. Arasan’s products and services enable businesses to develop and leverage product design and development. Arasan Chip Systems has been an executive member of SD Card Association since 2001, MMCA since 2003 and CE-ATA since 2004. Arasan is headquartered in San Jose, California, with design centers in India and support options available in Taiwan, China & Europe. Licensees of Arasan’s USB IP include companies like TI, Cisco, NEC, Staccato, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and General Atomics.

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