Sunnyvale, Calif.--Feb. 10, 1998--Actel Corp. announced the immediateavailability of Silicon Sculptor, a new FPGA programmer forthe PC.
Silicon Sculptor is a cost-effective, highly reliable programmer forActel devices that is convenient and easy-to-use. There are nocomplicated setup requirements.
The compact size of the Silicon Sculptor makes it easy for designersto program Actel FPGA's from their desktop PC rather than in a lab.A single adapter module can be used to program all Actel deviceswithin a package type, regardless of pin count. In addition, up tofour Silicon Sculptors can concurrently program up to four devicesfrom the same PC by simply connecting an expansion cable.
Silicon Sculptor obtains the fuse file, which includes instructionson programming an FPGA, from Actel's Designer Series software anduses the file to program the device. Once a device is programmed,Actel's optional Silicon Explorer diagnostic debugging tool kitsupports functional and timing verification of every internalsignal.
Actel has worked with BP Microsystems of Houston, Texas, to jointlydevelop Silicon Sculptor based on BP's world class technology. BPMicrosystems, a global supplier of device programmers, offers a widevariety of programmers including EPROM programmers, universalprogrammers, concurrent programming systems, and Fine PitchAutomated programming systems.
Working with BP, Actel now provides the industry's preferredplatform for programming Actel devices. The modules of the SiliconSculptor are designed to be fully upward compatible with all BPantifuse FPGA programmers, which allows design engineers to movefrom prototype programming to high-volume production programming.
Silicon Sculptor, for use with DOS environments, is available nowfor $1,695 per unit. Units for Windows NT and Unix environments willbecome available during Q2 1998. Contact an Actel salesrepresentative or distributor for further information. Currentversions of Actel's Designer Lite FPGA development software andfuture upgrades for the Silicon Sculptor can be downloaded for freefrom Actel's Web site at www.actel.com.
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