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|New Actel Low-Cost Starter Kit Demonstrates Secure In-System
Programmability of ProASIC3/E FPGAs|
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Giving developers of high
volume applications the capability to incorporate secure in-system programmability (ISP) for the first time in their
products, Actel Corporation today announced immediate availability of the ProASIC3 starter kit and sampling of its
250K-gate A3P250 field-programmable gate array (FPGA). Actel unveiled dual versions of the starter kit to ease
design implementation and offer low-cost, full-speed programming for the A3P250 device. Available in both a
prototyping and a low-cost evaluation version, the starter kit allows the exploration of the architectural features
unique to the ProASIC3/E family, including secure ISP and live at power-up capability.
The A3P250 device is the
latest addition to Actel's ProASIC3/E family, the industry's lowest cost FPGA family and the only single-chip
device family with secure ISP, via 128-bit AES encryption. The A3P250 device is an attractive programmable logic
solution for a range of high-volume, value-based applications in the consumer, industrial, medical, communications
and automotive markets.
"With the announcement of immediate availability of the low cost starter
kit and our A3P250 device, Actel continues to execute its plan to roll-out the ProASIC3, the industry's only true
flash-based FPGA solution," said Martin Mason, director of flash product marketing, Actel.
Device Delivers Price, Performance and Secure ISP Advantages
In addition to market-leading lowest
total system cost, the single-chip 250K-gate A3P250 FPGA contains 1024 bits (128 bits x 8 pages) of on-chip user
nonvolatile flash memory and six clock conditioning circuits, one with on-board phase-locked loop (PLL). The A3P250
supports four I/O banks with up to 157 I/Os and advanced I/O standards including PCI, LVDS and LVPECL. For
power-conscious customers, the A3P250 devices deliver stand-by power consumption of only 3mA under typical
The A3P250 device provides secure ISP capability through on-chip 128-bit AES
decryption and built-in flash key storage technology. Because an AES decryption key is required to reverse engineer
the encrypted configuration bitstream for a ProASIC3 device, attempts to copy designs through the interception of
the bitstream are futile. The AES-encrypted programming file allows easy and secure field upgrades for Actel
Features of the ProASIC3/E Starter Kit
The starter kit is
available in two versions. The "EVAL" kit includes an A3P250 FPGA soldered directly to an evaluation board,
providing customers a low-cost solution to validate the performance of the device. The "PROTO" kit includes a
socket-equipped evaluation board, allowing 9 of the 10 devices in the ProASIC3/E family to be evaluated with the
The "PROTO" and "EVAL" boards both contain an alphanumeric LCD display and provide
CAT5E connectors to demonstrate the high-speed LVDS functionality of the A3P250 (and larger) devices within the
Multiple starter kits may also be connected together in a JTAG chain to
demonstrate multiple-device programming via a single programmer connection. This feature facilitates a seamless
connection to other JTAG-based systems that the end-user may be developing.
The starter kit
contains a high-speed FlashPro3 programmer, which interfaces to a PC via a USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 interface, Actel's
Libero Gold 6.2 Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software, USB cable, programming cable, power supply, tutorials
and support documentation in addition to the starter kit board.
Pricing and Availability
Volume pricing for the ProASIC3 family starts at $1.50 in 250K quantities. Samples of the A3P250
device are available now. The new ProASIC3/E starter kits are also available now. The "PROTO" kit is priced at $449
and the "EVAL" kit is priced at $349.
Jueves, 01 Septiembre, 2005 - 08:07