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Libero IDE 8.5 Software Tools Extend Support for Actel New nano FPGAs


Also offers high-speed multiplier instantiation for RTAX-DSP applications

Mountain View, CA — Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) today announced the availability of Libero® Integrated Design Environment (IDE) version 8.5. Actel’s comprehensive suite of software design tools extends support for the recently announced nano versions of IGLOO® and ProASIC®3 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Libero IDE version 8.5 also introduces support for instantiation and configuration of embedded mathblocks for use in Actel’s new radiation tolerant RTAX-DSP family.

Actel nano FPGAs provide designers an efficient means to develop portable systems based on the lowest power and smallest footprint FPGAs. Libero IDE 8.5 adds design support for 16 distinct IGLOO nano FPGAs in six different package types; and six distinct ProASIC3 nano FPGAs in three different packages. Actel nano FPGAs range from 10K to 250K system gates with select package offerings of the 30K, 60K, 125K and 250K nano devices available for immediate production.

Libero IDE version 8.5 support for RTAX-DSP FPGAs enables DSP development for the first time on the RTAX family with the implementation of an 18 bit x 18 bit mathblock. The mathblock is available in the Libero IDE Catalog Macro Cell library and can easily be implemented with SmartDesign or user HDL. The mathblocks can be managed through Libero’s standard synthesis, simulation, and layout flows. The embedded radiation-tolerant DSP mathblock supports simple signed 18x18 multiply, dual signed 9x9 multiply, multiply plus accumulate, plus cascaded multiply applications, enabling efficient implementation of DSP structures such as finite impulse response (FIR), infinite impulse response (IIR) digital filters, fast Fourier transforms (FFT) and inverse Fourier transforms (IFT), discrete cosine transforms (DCT), correlators, and digital IF up/down converters.

RTAX-DSP offers high performance at densities of up to 4 million equivalent system gates and 840 user I/Os for space-based applications. The RTAX-DSP family features up to 120 mathblocks, each capable of operating at 125 MHz over the full military temperature range (-55°C to 125°C) for a total throughput of 15 billion multiply/accumulates per second (15 GMACS).
Pricing and Availability

Libero IDE can be downloaded and installed directly from Actel’s website. The Actel Libero IDE Gold edition is available on Windows free of charge. The Actel Libero IDE 8.5 Platinum edition is available on Windows and Linux platforms for $2495. All editions are one-year renewable licenses.

Actel is the leader in low-power and mixed-signal FPGAs, offering the most comprehensive portfolio of system and power management solutions. Power Matters. Learn more at


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