Hubble recorder uses Actel FPGA design tools

Scientists at Litton Amecom in College Park, Md., needed a reliable designer tool with high gate utilization for the solid state recorder on the Hubble Space Telescope. They found their answer with Actel Corp.`s Designer Series FPGA suites.

Feb 1st, 1998

Scientists at Litton Amecom in College Park, Md., needed a reliable designer tool with high gate utilization for the solid state recorder on the Hubble Space Telescope. They found their answer with Actel Corp.`s Designer Series FPGA suites.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Actel`s FPGA designer tools have a gate utilization of approximately 85 to 90 percent compared to most others which are around 75 percent, says Rich Savoca, a digital design engineer at Litton. The Actel technology also meets NASA Goddard`s standards for radiation, he says.

The suites provide designers with integrated FPGA design tools which bring design concepts to silicon, in a single package provided by a single vendor. In total, the new Designer Series product line consists of eight separate packages.

The new product line includes six PC versions and two workstation versions. There are packages that include schematic entry, VHDL synthesis, and simulation for complete design suites, as well as stand-alone Designer Series packages for engineers who wish to integrate Actel tools into their existing design environments. - J.M.

For more information on the Designer Series and Actel contact Chuck Byers by phone at (408) 739-1010, by mail at 955 East Arques Ave., Sunnyvale, Calif., 94086-4533, by e-mail at cbyers@actel.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.actel.com.

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