Actel's SmartFusion FPGAs Wins VDC Research's Embeddy Award at ESC Boston 2010

SmartFusion FPGAs Chosen for Best in Show, Hardware

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) is proud to announce that SmartFusion FPGAs have won the Embeddy Award for Best in Show, Hardware, at Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston 2010. The award was presented to Actel at the conference by VDC Research (VDC) on September 21, 2010.

Now in its sixth year of the award program, VDC awards the Embeddy to the software and hardware companies whose products offer the most compelling opportunities for embedded system engineers to meet the challenges of complexity, productivity, quality, and schedule management. VDC also awarded a software award at the show.

"Actel has developed something unique with SmartFusion," said Richard Dean, program manager, embedded hardware practice at VDC Research. "This year's announcement and immediate availability of the new SmartFusion platform integrating a hard Cortex-M3, programmable analog, and a flash FPGA is a brilliant response to embedded designer's need for more functionality and flexibility."

"This award recognizes Actel's commitment to innovation for today's embedded designers," said Rich Kapusta, vice president of marketing and business development. "Designers now have the freedom to push their designs beyond traditional boundaries."

Demonstrations highlighting SmartFusion FPGAs are currently on exhibit at ESC Boston. Stop by Actel booth #801 to learn more.

About SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs
SmartFusion, the industry's first intelligent mixed signal FPGA, is the only device that integrates an FPGA, a hard ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog, offering full customization, IP protection and ease-of-use. Based on Actel's flash technology, SmartFusion devices are intended for hardware and embedded designers who need a true system-on-chip (SoC) solution with more flexibility than traditional fixed-function microcontrollers and without the cost of soft processor cores on traditional FPGAs. SmartFusion is an innovative solution for the industrial, medical, energy, communications and military markets in diverse applications, including system management, power management, motor control, industrial networking and display.

About VDC Research
VDC Research Group (VDC) is a technology market research and strategy consulting firm that advises clients in a number of technology markets including: Automatic Identification and Transaction Automation, Embedded Hardware and Systems, Embedded Software and Tools, Industrial Automation and Control and Mobile and Wireless. Using rigorous primary research and analysis techniques, the firm helps its clients identify, plan for, and capitalize on current and emerging market opportunities. We strive to deliver exceptional value to our clients by leveraging the considerable technical, operational, educational and professional experience of our research and consulting staff. During our nearly four decades of ongoing operation, we have had the pleasure of serving most of the world's leading technology companies, many high-profile start-ups, and numerous blue-chip early and later stage investors. Our products and services consist of research reports, annual research programs, and custom research and consulting services. Founded in 1971, the firm is located in the Boston area.

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

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