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Actel Congratulates NASA LRO and LCROSS Teams on Successful Insertion into Operational Orbit and Returning Lunar Images


RTAX-S FPGAs Continue to Accumulate Space-Flight Heritage

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) today extended its congratulations to the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) teams for successfully reaching lunar orbit and returning the first images of the moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Actelís radiation-tolerant RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are aboard and performing critical functions for the LRO and LCROSS spacecrafts, which will return more data about the moon than any previous mission. Both missions are critical parts of NASAís investigations to prepare and support future human exploration to the moon, gathering crucial data on the lunar environment that will help astronauts prepare for long-duration lunar expeditions.

The LRO mission represents the first documented space-flight heritage of Actelís high-density 624-pin Ceramic Column Grid Array (CCGA) package, while LCROSS has been preceded by no fewer than seven other missions that are using Actelís industry-leading RTAX-S space-flight FPGAs in conventional Ceramic Quad Flat-Pack (CQFP) packaging. Actel RTAX-S space-flight FPGAs have the performance, capacity and radiation tolerance required to reliably and successfully perform critical tasks on key scientific, commercial and military space missions.

Actelís RTAX-S Family Without Equal for Mission-Critical Space Applications
The Actel RTAX-S FPGA family consists of devices ranging in density from 250,000 to 4 million equivalent system gates. The family, which includes the RTAX2000S FPGAs used in the LRO mission, offers unique features desirable for space-flight applications, including single-event upset (SEU)-hardened flip-flops, usable error-corrected on-board memory and a large number of user I/O. These features, in combination with the inherent single-chip and instant operation benefits of Actelís nonvolatile products, give designers the ability to minimize power consumption, reduce component count and save board space and weight while meeting their density, performance and radiation-resistance requirements. Over the last decade, Actel FPGAs have been onboard more than 100 launches and flown on over 300 satellites and spacecrafts.

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