Sunnyvale, Calif.--Aug. 20, 1997--Actel Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) played a significant role in the recent Mars Pathfinder Mission, providing the programmable logic necessary to navigate Pathfinder to the Martian surface and transmit the pictures seen all over the world.
Twenty-three different Actel (FPGAs) are part of the Mars Mission. Actel devices are used in the Pathfinder and Sojourner imaging arrays, Pathfinder's frame buffer board, Cruise Stage Interface (CIF), Hardware Command Decoder Uplink (HCD), Lander Interface (LIF), and the Mars Flight Computer (MFC).
The imaging arrays, or still cameras, transmit the high resolution color photos and imaging data of the Mars landscape back to scientists who are studying the red planet, along with a worldwide audience.
Actel also announced that it has been commissioned to supply the upcoming "Mars '98 Survey Project" camera with its A1020 FPGAs and the 1999 NASA Earth Orbiter One (E0-1) satellite with its A14100 FPGAs.
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