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We believe the addition of Actel will deliver compelling synergies to Microsemi," the company's chief executive, James Peterson, said in a statement.
Actel is a supplier of low-power, mixed-signal and radiation-tolerant field programmable gate arrays to the military, aerospace, industrial, communication and consumer sectors.
Synopsys and Actel have worked in close collaboration for many years for the benefit of our mutual customers and support for SmartFusion devices is the latest example.
Actel is the leader in low-power FPGAs and mixed-signal FPGAs, offering the most comprehensive portfolio of system and power management solutions.
With the announcement of immediate availability of the low-cost starter kit and our A3P250 device, Actel continues to execute its plan to rollout the ProASIC3/E family, the industry's only true flash-based FPGA solution," said Martin Mason, director of flash product marketing, Actel.
Actel says the deal will boost its efforts to enter the reprogrammable FPGA market with two new products lines.
ACTEL has a $835 million plan to build a continent-wide, satellite-based wireless communications network enabling Africans to place or receive phone calls, pages, faxes or data from any location on earth.
The investigation concerns whether the Actel Board of Directors breached their fiduciary duties to Actel stockholders by failing to adequately shop the Company before entering into this transaction and whether Microsemi is underpaying for Actel shares, thus unlawfully harming Actel stockholders.
The platform is being used by Actel to implement SMS-to-TV services, content-download applications, breaking-news services and SMS subscription services.
Actel offers support of all device packages including, but not limited to PLCC, PQFP, VQFP, QFN, BGA, FBGA and CSP.
The ProASIC features that Actel claims will attract new interest in FPGAs from ASIC designers include very low power requirements, compatibility with a wide range of existing ASIC design tools, and non-volatile live-at-power-up characteristics.
Importantly, Actel reported better than expected earnings for the second quarter of 2010, up 27% from the prior year, and the company's stock has risen steadily over the past year.