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    Altium Designer supports Microsemi SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – Nov. 10, 2010 – Electronics design software company Altium, and Microsemi’s SoC Products Group, formerly Actel Corporation, announced today that Altium will provide its Altium Designer software as an option to customers using SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs.

    SmartFusion is the only device that integrates an FPGA, a hard ARM® Cortex™-M3- based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog on a single chip, offering full customization, IP protection and ease-of-use. Given SmartFusion’s flexibility and popularity, Altium Designer was selected as a design solution partner because of its ability to address system design by combining PCB, embedded software development and FPGA design in one unified system.

    “Altium Designer is an electronics system design platform that is versatile enough to cover PCB, FPGA and embedded software development with ARM processor support,” said Rich Kapusta, vice president of marketing, SoC Products Group at Microsemi. “This will not only benefit our existing SmartFusion customers by offering an additional design option, but will broaden our market access, given Altium’s unified design platform approach.”

    Altium’s SmartFusion device support makes full use of its unified design platform, which lets designers work across all design domains – hardware, software and programmable hardware – with one solution, and have all these domains work together, not just alongside each other. SmartFusion device support will be included in the standard design flow, making it accessible to any Altium Designer customer.

    “Adding SmartFusion device support to Altium Designer provides a quick and easy way for our customers to harness the power of these highly innovative new devices. The combination of FPGA fabric, programmable analog support and an embedded ARM processor provides an exceptional platform for implementation of design ideas,” said Nick Martin, CEO of Altium.

    The collaboration debuts at the Altium booth #412 at the ARM Technology Conference in the Santa Clara Convention Center Nov. 9-11, 2010. Customers, journalists and analysts can also learn more about Altium’s SmartFusion device support at ARM TechCon Session SS-AL05.

    More information on Altium Designer, including previews into the forthcoming new release, is on Altium’s web site and at the Altium Wiki.


    Jeff Hardison
    McClenahan Bruer
    Telephone: +1-503-546-1009

    Alan Smith
    Altium Limited
    Telephone: +61 2 8622 8109

    About Microsemi
    Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC) offers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor technology. Committed to solving the most critical system challenges, Microsemi’s products include high-performance, high-reliability analog and RF devices, mixed signal integrated circuits, FPGAs and customizable SoCs, and complete subsystems. Microsemi serves leading system manufacturers around the world in the defense, security, aerospace, enterprise, commercial, and industrial markets. Learn more at

    About Altium
    Altium Limited (ASX:ALU) creates electronics design software based on the belief that anyone who wants to create electronic products that make a difference should be able to do so. Altium’s unified electronics design environment links all aspects of electronics product design in a single application that is priced to be as affordable as possible. This helps electronics designers break down barriers to innovation, harness the latest devices and technologies, manage their projects across broad design ‘ecosystems’, and create connected, intelligent designs.

    Founded in 1985, Altium has headquarters in Sydney, and operates worldwide.For more information, visit

    Altium, Altium Designer and LiveDesign, and their respective logos, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Altium Limited, or its subsidiaries. All other registered or unregistered trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners, and no trademark rights to the same are claimed.

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