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Founded Year

1985

Stage

Acq - P2P | Acquired

About Actel

Actel (Nasdaq: ACTL) manufactures nonvolatile, low-power field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), mixed-signal FPGAs, and programmable logic solutions. It aims to manage power consumption at both the chip and system level, leveraging the industry's lowest power FPGAs and unique mixed-signal FPGAs to offer system designers a competitive edge. It was founded in 1985 and is based in San Jose, California. In October 2010, Actel was acquired by Microsemi.

Headquarters Location

San Jose, California, 94035,

United States

+20 224808292

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Actel Patents

Actel has filed 121 patents.

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Application Date

Grant Date

Title

Related Topics

Status

3/9/2012

10/29/2013

Computer memory, Electronic circuits, Analog circuits, SDRAM, Integrated circuits

Grant

Application Date

3/9/2012

Grant Date

10/29/2013

Title

Related Topics

Computer memory, Electronic circuits, Analog circuits, SDRAM, Integrated circuits

Status

Grant

Latest Actel News

Turning Down TSMC Wafers

Feb 25, 2022

35 years ago foundries were very much a newfangled idea. “I remember a party at Bill O’Meara’s house circa 1986,” recalls John East, CEO of Actel for 20 years, “Steve Pletcher was there – VP Sales for TSMC. Steve asked me: ‘How would you like to buy some wafers?’ “‘I’ve never heard of you,’ I replied, ‘that’s a crazy idea. Our process is different. Everybody’s process is different. Everybody’s design rules are different. Everybody’s models are different. No chance that you could run our mask sets. Besides, my margins are thin enough already. No way am I going to give you a slice’.” “Fabs and processes were what the semi biz was about,” adds East, “that was the way that companies differentiated themselves. That was the way companies competed. It made no sense to turn that over to some Taiwanese guy.” “That was around the time Jerry Sanders said: ‘Real men have fabs’. He got that from TJ Rodgers who got it from Valerie Rice.” “I was a bipolar guy,” says East, “I was right for bipolar. But CMOS was taking over the world. MOS is simpler. Less knobs to turn. At the same time, the Japanese had excess fab capacity because of the big downturn in 1984. Then Chips and Technologies happened and fabless companies started to proliferate.” “Boy. Was I ever wrong! And it was a lucky thing that I was. The fabless model allowed innovation by the masses. You didn’t have to be a huge, fabbed, company to invent something and get it onto the market. The innovation that the fabless model allowed is almost the only thing that’s kept the western world competitive over the last couple of decades.” “Then came third party board and system assembly houses – predicted by Bill Davidow in his book -the Virtual Corporation- when he said that companies will do only what they are good at and outsource everything else.” Recommended Articles

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Actel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Actel founded?

    Actel was founded in 1985.

  • Where is Actel's headquarters?

    Actel's headquarters is located at San Jose.

  • What is Actel's latest funding round?

    Actel's latest funding round is Acq - P2P.

  • Who are the investors of Actel?

    Investors of Actel include Microsemi, Norwest Venture Partners, Oak Investment Partners, Sprout Group and Advanced Technology Ventures.

  • Who are Actel's competitors?

    Competitors of Actel include Altera and 3 more.

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