Partners to Provide New Design Services, EDA Tools and Application Software for Customers Using Actel FPGAs
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., February 14, 2005 — Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL), a leading provider of programmable logic solutions, today announced four new partners have joined the company's Solution Partners Program, bringing total participation to 22 members. The program brings together leading providers of design services, embedded software and hardware products, forming a comprehensive support network for Actel FPGAs. The Solution Partners Program provides customers with access to experienced third-party resources that can help them quickly overcome design challenges and get their Actel-based designs to market faster. The new partners announced today are Altium Limited, Data I/O Corporation, Device Engineering Inc. and GAO Research Inc.
"Actel understands that customers need system-level solutions, not just a hardware platform, in order to bring products to market quickly," said Yankin Tanurhan, senior director, applications and IP solutions at Actel. "We are very pleased with the success of the Solution Partners Program and the access that it gives our customers to proven sources for the IP, tools, software and design resources they need to quickly and successfully develop their products."
Actel's New Solution Partners
- Altium Limited is a developer and supplier of electronics design software for the Microsoft Windows environment. Founded in 1985, Altium continues to provide advanced, easy-to-use and affordable software design tools to electronics engineers, designers and developers. Altium offers hardware and software tools that designers can use with Actel FPGAs in the development of their designs.
- Data I/O Corporation is a leading provider of programming and automated device handling, programming and marking systems for programmable integrated circuits. Celebrating 30 years in the device programming industry, Data I/O provides manual and automated device programming systems that specifically address the requirements of engineering and manufacturing customers. Data I/O programmers support Actel FPGAs and are available for single or multi-site programming in manual and automated systems.
- Device Engineering Inc. (DEI) designs, manufactures and tests high-quality ICs for avionics and industrial applications. DEI offers a range of interface and control products for power, lighting and avionics busses. It has a complete family of line drivers, receivers, and transceivers for the ARINC 429 data bus, compliant with the ARINC 429 specification. The DEI line drivers and receivers are used in conjunction with Actel's Core429 to implement a complete 429 Bus interface.
- GAO Research Inc. is the leading provider of embedded communications software for telecommunications, semiconductor and electronics companies worldwide. GAO offers its VoIP and FoIP solutions, V.92 and V.90, with all fallback soft-modems, Super G3 and G3 fax software, speech and video codecs on the broadest range of DSPs and microprocessors. In addition to software, GAO provides technical support, extensive platform expertise and state-of-the-art testing facilities. GAO's technology can be run on IP processor cores available for Actel's FPGA devices.
About Actel's Solution Partners Program
Actel's Solution Partners have proven experience with Actel's development tools and FPGA devices, and the applications expertise and products they provide are verified to be compatible with Actel FPGA devices. They remove barriers to efficient design by offering developers knowledgeable sources for components and services. Actel Solution Partners license and sell hardware, IP cores, software and turnkey design services that directly support Actel FPGAs. In conjunction with Actel's DirectCore and CompanionCore IP products, Solution Partners offer quality products and support that streamline the design process, enabling faster time to market and minimizing design costs and risks.
The participating design services and consulting firms have design centers worldwide and specialize in a wide range of vertical applications. All products and services offered by Actel's Solution Partners Program are provided by the partners, who are responsible for pricing, warranty and technical support to customers. New partners will be added on an ongoing basis. In addition, existing partners continue to add new services and support regularly. For more information, please refer to the IP Web site at http://www.actel.com/products/ip/index.html.
Actel Corporation is a supplier of innovative programmable logic solutions, including field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) based on antifuse and flash technologies, high-performance intellectual property (IP) cores, software development tools and design services, targeted for the high-speed communications, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) replacement and radiation-tolerant markets. Founded in 1985, Actel employs more than 500 people worldwide. The Company is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA, 94043-4655. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835). Internet:: http://www.actel.com.
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# # # What Actel's Solution Partners Are Saying
Altium Limited, Nancy Eastman, Director
"Altium demonstrates our commitment to providing comprehensive FPGA-based digital systems development solutions, supporting interactive development of complete systems including processor-based designs, through our LiveDesign-enabled software and hardware toolsets. Joining Actel's Solution Partners Program and supporting Actel's ProASIC Plus family of devices is an important step in providing greater choice and enhanced design versatility to our customers that will ultimately result in the increased use of programmable devices in mainstream design applications."
DATA I/O, Bruce Rodgers, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas/Asia
"Data I/O is pleased to participate in the Actel Solution Partners program and believes it is the most credible manner in working with our semiconductor partners to demonstrate coordinated support for our mutual customers. Especially important is the support we can provide for flash-based devices, as we provide programming and handling systems that are speed optimized for those architectures."
Device Engineering Inc., Richard Jensen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
"Over the past 15 years, DEI has built a reputation as a leading designer and supplier of control and interface ICs for avionics and industrial applications. During that time, Actel's devices have been very popular among our customers, and many of our devices support Actel's avionics-related IP cores. Enrollment in Actel's Solution Partners Program is a natural extension of our ongoing relationship with Actel."
GAO Research Inc., Dr. Frank Gao, CEO
"Our customers use our embedded application software in a variety of applications, particularly telecommunications and consumer electronics products that must meet extreme time-to-market pressures. Through our participation in Actel's Solution Partners Program, we can help customers using Actel devices better implement our software solutions and get their products to market as fast as possible."