Seiko Epson Corp. has selected Actel’s ProASIC3 FPGAs for use in the new Multimeter Storage Viewer P-7000 and P-6000. Epson chose the ProASIC devices for use in high-speed interface circuits for a CompactFlash card because of the FPGA’s low power, reduced space requirements, and high-performance, according to Actel.
The reprogrammable, flash-based ProASIC3 family features densities ranging from 10k to 3M system gates. It offers up to 350-MHz performance and supports up to 620 I/Os.
Epson’s multimedia storage viewers feature as much as 160 Gbytes (P-7000) hard drive capacity and data transfer speeds as fast as 1 Gbyte per 100 seconds when using a high-speed CompactFlash memory card. In addition, the Photo Fine Premia LCD supports 94% of the Adobe RGB color space with a wide viewing angle.
“In addition to storing images to the built-in HDD on-location immediately after shooting, users can organize the images and create custom prints by using retouch functions without a PC,” said Noriaki Sakurada, Seiko Epson senior engineer of the IJP Planning & Design Department. “With Actel’s flash-based ProASIC3 FPGAs, we were able to achieve the high-speed and high-quality required for transferring data while significantly reducing CF card power consumption.”