Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced that a mixed-signal Actel Fusion-based wireless auto-monitoring temperature control design from Xi’an Institute of Posts and Telecommunications won the top prize in the first ever Actel Cup design contest in China. The winning design was chosen by a judging committee from among the 390 submitted designs ranging from automotive and medical to power management solution designs. Demonstrations of the winning designs were available at an awards ceremony in Guangzhou in June.
Anthony Hsiah, Actel’s country manager in China, said, “The creativity of the Actel Cup design contest submissions and the students’ ability to fully utilize the innovative features of our mixed-signal FPGAs was impressive. It was clear that, through hands-on experience, we can assist students to become valuable contributors to China’s rapidly growing electronics industry and further establish the mixed-signal Actel Fusion FPGA as a suitable option for an incredibly broad range of applications.”
In second place, the design from Ocean University of China utilized the mixed-signal Fusion FPGA to enable the remote detection of smoke, gas density, and environmental temperatures within the home. Awarded to the team from South China Normal University, the third place design was a hand language recognition system for mute and deaf persons that could also be utilized for gaming applications. Other participating universities included Huazhong University of Science & Technology and Nanjing University of Science & Technology.
Contest judge and president and general manager of Guangzhou ZLGMCU Development Co., Ltd., George Zhou Li Gong said, “In China, designers are beginning to recognize the critical importance of FPGAs as key enabling technologies for the future. The Actel Cup design contest offered evidence of the innovation possible when utilizing mixed-signal FPGAs.”
The award-winning, mixed-signal Actel Fusion FPGAs incorporate analog functions, embedded flash and FPGA fabric in a single chip. For embedded applications, the combination of Fusion and industry-standard cores, such as an 8051 microcontroller or the ARM Cortex-M1 processor, enables intelligent system and power management, representing a flexible, low-cost alternative for many telecommunications and industrial control applications.
Attacking power consumption from both the chip and the system levels, Actel Corporation’s innovative FPGAs and programmable system chip solutions enable power-efficient design. 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.
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