Actel Corporation announced that it has added its nonvolatile, flash-based ProASIC Plus field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in extended automotive temperature range versions to its successful line of automotive solutions. The addition of its reprogrammable, single-chip ProASIC Plus FPGAs rounds out Actel's automotive FPGA product portfolio with densities up to 1-million system gates, making it the industry's broadest automotive offering.
Actel's ProASIC Plus automotive devices are optimized for telematics and other in-cab applications that require flexible, high-reliability solutions, including navigation, speech recognition, passenger control and comfort systems, intelligent occupant sensors and heads-up displays. Further, the tamper-resistant nature of Actel's flash and antifuse technologies also makes Actel's automotive line a suitable platform for developing occupant safety systems, electronic engine control modules for camless engine control units (ECUs) and other under-the-hood powertrain management systems.
"Due to its low power, reprogrammable, live at power-up features and tamper-resistant capabilities, we are seeing a growing demand among our customers for flash-based FPGA technology for use in a wide range of applications, including in-cab automotive telematics and engine control," said Barry Marsh, vice president of product marketing at Actel. "Therefore, with the addition of our successful flash-based ProASIC Plus FPGAs to our broad portfolio of automotive products, customers can confidently choose the nonvolatile FPGA with the range of features that best suits their design requirements."
Actel's ProASIC Plus FPGAs have already been utilized in automotive applications. Life Racing, the electronics design arm of AER (Advanced Engine Research Ltd.), used an APA450 device to enable unprecedented flexibility and performance in an automotive ECU. With Actel's in-system programmability (ISP), Life Racing was able to replace off-the-shelf Time Processor Unit (TPU) controllers with a single FPGA, reducing component count, saving board area and minimizing debug requirements. Overall, implementing a flexible hardware solution enabled Life Racing to shorten software development time and speed overall time to market.
The ProASIC Plus automotive solutions are supported by the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of IP cores specifically designed and optimized for in-cab and under-the-hood automotive applications, including LIN, CAN, SPI, 8051, Z80, 6809, Reed Solomon and DES/3DES/AES. By providing customers with pre-verified IP, Actel helps reduce design time and provides the ability to integrate multiple design elements into a one-chip solution, reducing an application's overall component count and cost.
About Actel's Automotive Solutions
Ranging in density from 3,000 to 1-million system gates, the industry's broadest portfolio of automotive FPGA solutions, Actel's automotive products include its antifuse-based eX, MX and SX-A families and its flash-based ProASIC Plus family. These offerings extend the inherent low power, high performance, low cost and security benefits of Actel's nonvolatile, single-chip technologies to the automotive development community.
Qualified to operate at temperatures from "40 degrees C up to 150 degrees C, the automotive devices from Actel function at some of the highest temperatures among competitive solutions. Actel's automotive FPGAs are optimized for in-cab control and interconnect functions for a range of telematics and other in-cab applications that require flexible, high-reliability solutions.
Pricing and Availability
The full-line of automotive ProASIC Plus devices are available now with pricing starting at $5.40 each in quantities of 250K. For more information about Actel's automotive solutions, please visit the Actel Web site at www.actel.com/products/auto.
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Strengthening its extensive portfolio of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) intellectual property (IP) cores targeting automotive applications, Actel Corporation announced the immediate availability of new local interconnect network (LIN) and controller area network (CAN) cores to support its automotive- and industrial-temperature grade devices.
Available from Intelliga Integrated Design, a new Actel CompanionCore partner, the iLIN and iCAN cores meet reliability and performance standards in Actel's ProASIC Plus, Axcelerator, SX/SX-A and RTSX-S devices. Actel's offering of IP specifically designed and optimized for in-cab and under-the-hood automotive applications now boasts more than 30 cores including LIN, CAN, I 2 C, SPI, 8051, Z80, 6809, Reed Solomon and DES/3DES/AES.
"With the inherent benefits of our nonvolatile FPGA technologies and our long history of delivering highly reliable solutions for extreme temperatures, Actel is uniquely positioned to deliver products that supply the quality and durability needed for the harsh automotive environment," said Yankin Tanurhan, senior director, applications and IP solutions group at Actel. "Teaming with Intelliga to provide a high-performance, full-featured LIN core and a new CAN core, we have expanded our extensive portfolio of pre-verified automotive IP to reduce design time when using our automotive-grade FPGAs, including our new flash-based ProASIC Plus automotive products."
Steve Ede, marketing director at Intelliga, said, "Uniquely live at power-up and highly secure, Actel's single-chip FPGAs are ideally suited to support our automotive IP. The combination of our iLIN and iCAN cores and Actel's automotive-temperature grade FPGAs easily delivers performance within margins, and provides the ability to integrate multiple design elements into a one-chip solution, reducing an application's component count and cost. As a new member of the Actel CompanionCore program, we look forward to enhancing our product offering to meet the needs of Actel's automotive customers."
Intelliga's iLIN and iCAN cores have been ported to support Actel's broad range of automotive grade FPGAs, including the ProASIC Plus (see related announcement today entitled, "Actel Drives Flash into Automotive Applications") and SX-A families as well as the industrial temperature grade Axcelerator devices. Qualified to operate at ambient temperatures from "40 degrees C to 125 degrees C and junction temperatures up to 150 degrees C, Actel's automotive temperature FPGA devices function at some of the highest temperatures among competitive FPGA solutions.
The Intelliga iLIN core is a standalone LIN Rev 1.3 compliant design, which performs all MAC/PHY logical functions and provides a simple interface to LIN transceiver chips such as the Philips TJA1020. The core's ultra-low gate count and flexible system interface make it ideally suited to the LIN concept as a low-cost accompaniment to the CAN bus in automotive applications.
The iLIN hardware interface contains all the functionality expected from a LIN master/slave controller core that minimizes software overhead. Intelliga's iCAN core is a full hardware solution that conforms to version 2.0A/B of the CAN specification and performs all MAC functions. The gate-efficient, well-partitioned design is suited for integration within low-power devices. With this core, Actel now offers more than 10 CAN cores for a variety of application requirements.
Pricing and Availability
The iLIN and iCAN IP cores are available for purchase directly from Intelliga with prices starting at $6500. A broad line of automotive FPGA devices is available now from Actel. For more information about Actel's automotive solutions, please visit the Actel Web site at www.actel.com/products/auto.
Actel DirectCore and CompanionCore Solutions
Actel offers its own system-level IP solutions, called DirectCores, specifically designed and optimized for use with Actel devices. The company also offers third-party IP blocks, called CompanionCores, which have been tested and verified in Actel FPGAs. Covering applications ranging from embedded systems to consumer and communications, the cores offered include bus interfaces, communication controllers and interfaces, processors and peripherals, encryption, memory controllers as well as multimedia and error correction. Actel DirectCores and CompanionCore products offer seamless implementation through Actel's suite of internal and third-party EDA development tools, documentation, and quality service and support, thereby streamlining the design process, enabling faster time-to-market and minimizing design costs and risks. For more information on the CompanionCore Alliance Program, DirectCores or CompanionCores, visit the IP section on the Actel Web site at www.actel.com/products/ip