Actel Corporation has announced a comprehensive design environment that fully supports implementation of the company's new mixed-signal (analog and digital) FPGA – the Fusion programmable system chip (PSC).
The combination of the Actel Fusion PSC and the Actel Libero 7.0 Integrated Design Environment (IDE) enables a powerful convergence of digital logic, analog functionality, embedded Flash memory and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) fabric on a single chip.
Actel's extensive mix of tools provide designers with the environments, methodologies and links they need to easily generate, configure, and verify operation of Fusion mixed-signal PSC technology. Upgrades to Actel's Libero IDE allow full PSC generation in an easy-to-use, "pick-and-click" user interface, while a low-cost Actel Fusion Starter Kit ensures that the design is taken from concept to completion quickly and efficiently.
"Pick-and-Click" implementation for Actel Fusion PSCs
Specifically developed with the Actel Fusion PSC in mind, Actel's Libero 7.0 IDE brings together innovative new tools to generate, configure, interconnect, and map intellectual property (IP) to the Fusion fabric. Highly flexible and easy-to-use, Libero's graphical environment enables designers to "pick-and-click" specific options to generate and configure complex mixed-signal peripherals.
Recognizing the potential of combining Actel Fusion mixed-signal functions with embedded processing, Actel is also providing comprehensive hardware/software co-development tools to simplify the development of embedded soft processor solutions directly on the Actel Fusion PSC fabric.
Building on its strategy to provide best-in-class EDA tools as part of its Libero IDE, Actel has worked with industry-leading, third-party tool vendors to provide support for Actel Fusion PSCs. Magma Design Automation (www.magma-da.com) provides physical synthesis support with its PALACE tool, Mentor Graphics (www.mentor.com) provides simulation support in ModelSim, and Synplicity (www.synplicity.com) provides FPGA logic synthesis support with its Synplify AE and Synplify Pro tools.
Starter kit demonstrates features of Actel's Fusion PSC
The Actel Fusion Starter Kit has built-in capabilities for a host of designs utilizing the salient features of the Actel Fusion PSC, including internal and external temperature management; analog signal conversion and level detection; and power monitoring and current sensing and control applications, to name a few. Featuring a 600K-gate Actel Fusion PSC in an FG256 package, the Actel Fusion Starter Kit delivers higher gate and I/O count than prior kits, enabling users to create and test more complex designs.
The Actel Fusion Starter Kit also includes a set of MOSFETs for driving and controlling external voltages, and a high-brightness, multi-color LED for demonstrating pulse-width modulation (PWM) effects. For example, users can use this LED to monitor temperature-sensing applications without the need for costly external monitoring equipment, such as an oscilloscope or fan. Further, the Actel Fusion Starter Kit supports many use models, including sleep and standby modes, external wake-up, and event-initiated state-saving based on current-, temperature-, time-, or voltage-sensing events.
Additional contents of the Actel Fusion Starter Kit include an evaluation board, Actel's Libero IDE 7.0, Actel's Flash Pro3 programmer, and tutorial documentation.
Pricing and availability
The Actel Libero 7.0 IDE is available now in a Platinum edition for Windows and Unix platforms, which sell for $2495 and $4995, respectively. A free Gold edition is also available for Windows. All Libero editions are one-year renewable licenses. The Actel Fusion Starter Kit is available now. Pricing for the Starter Kit begins at $350.
For further information about pricing and availability, please contact Actel (www.actel.com).