Actel Strengthens Fusion Mixed-Signal FPGA IP Offering for xTCA Platform Management Applications

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) today announced IP core enhancements for hardware platform management applications. Developed in close collaboration with Pigeon Point Systems, an Actel company, the new and improved cores further strengthen the suitability of Actel Fusion(R) mixed-signal FPGAs for platform management applications, and especially xTCA(TM) applications, for which Pigeon Point offers the market-dominant Board Management Reference (BMR) series.

"These DirectCore enhancements further demonstrate the benefits of using Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs for local xTCA management controllers," said Mark Overgaard, president of Pigeon Point Systems. "These enhancements demonstrate the continuing investment by Actel and Pigeon Point Systems in general purpose IP core improvements for management applications."

New and Improved DirectCore Building Blocks

    --  CoreLPC v2.0 is a new core that provides an APB3-compliant interface to
        the Low Pin Count (LPC) pin-reduced subset of the Peripheral Component
        Interconnect (PCI) bus. It also provides an LPC-based implementation of
        the Keyboard Controller Style (KCS) interface registers that are defined
        in the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification.
        Fusion-based xTCA management controllers that incorporate CoreLPC can
        communicate with unmodified IPMI-compliant applications running on their
        corresponding payload processors.
    --  CorePWM v4.0 adds the capability to measure the frequency of fan
        tachometer signals. When combined with the current pulse width modulated
        (PWM) output capabilities of this block, the tachometer input function
        enables closed loop fan management, and thus Fusion-based xTCA
        management controllers for fan trays.
    --  CoreI2C v6.0 implements an interface to the I(2)C bus that includes key
        in-box management links based on the Intelligent Platform Management Bus
        (IPMB). The updated core adds support for a multi-channel configuration
        to reduce tile consumption in FPGA designs that require many I(2)C
        interfaces.  Implementing separate I(2)C channels for each
        AdvancedMC(TM) slot in AdvancedTCA(R) and MicroTCA(R) carriers improves
        the robustness and performance of these critical in-box management

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About Pigeon Point Systems

Pigeon Point Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Actel Corporation, delivers world-class management components for modular platforms based on the AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and MicroTCA architectures to leading companies worldwide. Pigeon Point's focus on providing dependable, proven solutions for the mandatory management controllers in these architectures allows customers to concentrate on the value-added aspects of their products. Deep expertise on these architectures ensures compliance and interoperability in the Pigeon Point components.

Pigeon Point, an executive member of PICMG, is a leader in its AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees and is active in many other technical subcommittees. Pigeon Point is also a contributing member of the Service Availability Forum(TM) and a leader in its HPI Working Group. For more information on Pigeon Point Systems, visit

About Actel

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

Actel, IGLOO, Actel Fusion, ProASIC, Libero, Pigeon Point and the associated logos are registered trademarks of Actel Corporation. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

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