SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Looking to jump-start use of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), Actel Corp. here todayannounced that list prices for its fastest products will be reduced by up to 63% in the second half of 1999. The company said this should help customers to use the FPGAs in volume production and in prototyping.
"We plan to significantly reduce second-half 1999 pricing for our SX family based on migration to 0.25-micron process
technology, backend cost reductions, and increased market demand," said Deon Spicer, product line manager at Actel.
"Designers will be able to use the fastest FPGA on the market and get ASIC-like pricing for volume production. That should
mean shorter time-to-market and uninterrupted component availability without an appreciable cost penalty. We anticipate that our customers will find this projected pricing extremely valuable in life-cycle production planning for their products."
Actel's SX family features clock rates of up to 320 megahertz in devices ranging from 8,000 to 32,000 usable gates. The SX
family's high performance and capacity enable designers to combine multiple complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) and
FPGAs into a single SX FPGA, which cuts power consumption, saves board space and reduces component costs.