"Reliability and Endurance of Flash based Actel FPGAs"

Marco Cheung and Vincent McCaffrey
Actel Corporation


One of the major dilemmas for FPGAs in the high reliability market has been reprogrammability vs. reliability (SEU susceptibility) [1]. To resolve this, Actel introduced the industryís first Flash based FPGA. Some of the advantages for the Flash based FPGA include: Non-volatile flash cells (live at power up), no external configuration device required [2], and much less susceptible to SEU [3]

This paper will focus on Actelís APA Flash based FPGA, which was qualified for the MIL-STD-883 standard in 2005. The main topics will include:


  1. http://klabs.org/richcontent/MAPLDCon03/papers/c/c2_baldacci_p.doc

  2. http://www.actel.com/documents/ProASICPlus_DS.pdf

  3. http://klabs.org/richcontent/MAPLDCon99/Papers/B6_Speers_P.pdf


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