BENGALURU, India Actel Corp. said it expects strong growth in the FPGA market by the end of the year.
"We had flat sales in the last couple of quarters, and that was better than some of our competition," said John East, Actel's president and CEO. "Most projections are that the market will pick up by the end of the year," East added, "so I think that strong growth will be seen in 2008."
The prediction appears to be on track with some industry forecasts. Market researcher Gartner Inc. expects the PLD/FPGA market to growing to $6.8 billion in 2010, fueled by new adopters of FPGA technologies.
As process technology moves to 65 and 45 nanometers, Actel will pursue greater integration while focusing on low power. Competitors appear to be focusing on speed for telecommunications requirements, especially in China and India.
Actel's India sales, which have more than doubled to $8 million in 2006 thanks to a strong presence in the space and military markets, is expected to record similar growth rates.
"We have had some very good verification and layout being done for us in Hyderabad" through an arrangement with Qualcore India. Therefore, the company is "not looking to set up our own [Indian] operations now," East said.
Actel sees growth in low-cost, low-power FPGAs such as its ProAsic and its Igloo low-power PLD/FPGA for portable applications.
Its single-chip, flash-based technology gives it a leg up in the emerging markets for portable consumer devices along with medical electronics, said Dennis Kish, Actel's senior vice president for sales and marketing.
"In the next 12 to 18 months we see the value-based market as the most promising because we are already seeing increasing adoption of the lower price points," Kish added.