Actel and First Silicon Solutions (FS2), a provider of silicon IP, have released the Flash Pro programmer, which provides in-system programmability (ISP) for Actel's flash-based ProASIC field-programmable gate array (FPGA) families, including the ProASICPLUS family.
FS2 has worked with Actel, to provide a programming solution that gives designers access to an ISP application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) alternative when designing complex applications for the industrial, communications, networking and avionics markets.
The in-system programmability feature uses the IEEE standard 1149.1 Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) interface, which permits devices to be programmed after they are mounted on the printed circuit board. This simplifies the handling of high pin-count devices, eliminates sockets and allows higher board performance.
Flash Pro also supports the Standard Test and Programming Language (STAPL), which makes the programmer independent of any specific programming algorithms. The Flash Pro programmer will support additional devices as they are released with a new STAPL file, eliminating the need to wait for programmer algorithm upgrades.
“First Silicon Solutions was very happy to be selected to develop the Flash Pro programmer. We saw this as an excellent opportunity to strengthen our tools and IP presence in the programmable logic marketplace,” said Rick Leatherman, president of First Silicon Solutions.
“Using the portable Flash Pro programmer and a cable connected to either the parallel or USB port of a PC, designers can easily configure Actel's ProASIC and ProASICPLUS flash-based FPGAs anywhere at anytime,” said Bryon Moyer, senior director of tools and technical marketing at Actel.
Published in Embedded Systems (Europe) February 2002