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Actel is Dominant FPGA Supplier to the MP3 Digital Audio Market

Volume Shipments to MP3 Player/Recorder Applications Surpasses One-Million Units and Demonstrates Actel's Leadership in Emerging Consumer Internet e-Appliance Segment

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced that, as of the end of Q1 2000, it has shipped more than one million field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for use in MP3 Internet digital audio player/recorder applications. With InStat Research estimating that 750,000 MP3 player/recorders were sold in 1999, the volume of Actel shipments substantiates the claim that Actel FPGAs today are included in the majority of MP3 Internet audio player/recorder products in the hands of consumers worldwide.

According to published statistics from Dataquest, digital versatile disc (DVD) players reached the level of one million units in sales in just under one year. Sales of MP3 players have grown at a similar rate. MX, Actel's fastest ramping FPGA product family, has been used in both the Rio 300 and Rio 500 digital audio MP3 models from S3 Corporation's Diamond Multimedia division, the world sales leader in MP3 player/recorders. In addition, Actel FPGA families have been designed into more than 20 MP3 player applications around the world, which are either in production today or are now being made ready for production.

MP3 is an abbreviation of the Motion Picture Expert Group (MPEG) industry organization's Layer 3 third-generation audio/video standard. MP3 player/recorders are small, battery powered devices that digitally record high quality music and audio off of the Internet and allow users to play it back much as they would with a portable CD player.

"Actel's FPGA technologies are ideally suited for use in MP3 players and other e-Appliance products," said Carl Burrow, vice president of marketing at Actel. "Because of this, we are seeing a very strong demand for Actel devices in a large number of high-volume, Internet-related consumer applications. This demand is moving Actel into an undisputed leadership position as the FPGA provider of choice in the e-Appliance market."

With increasing frequency, Actel's FPGA families are being designed into high-volume, consumer e-Appliance applications instead of ASICs (application specific integrated circuits), which until recently were the only choice for these products. These applications include not only MP3 players but also digital cameras, personal digital assistants, digital set-top boxes and Internet access devices such as cable modems and xDSL modems. (See "Actel Ships Over One Million MX FPGAs for Second Consecutive Quarter," April 11.)

Actel FPGAs are clearly differentiated in this market. Their popularity is based on the combination of several benefits that make them attractive for use in consumer/e-Appliance applications. They include low power; low price; a small, single-chip footprint; nonvolatility; design security; and ease of design and verification, enabling faster time to market.

About Actel

Actel designs, develops, and markets FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) and associated design and development software and programming hardware. FPGAs are used by designers of communications, computer, consumer/e-Appliance, industrial, military/aerospace, and other electronic systems to differentiate their products and get them to market faster. Actel is the leading supplier of FPGAs based on antifuse technology and has introduced the ProASIC family of reprogrammable FPGAs based on flash technology. The company also offers system-level design, prototyping, and consulting services through its Protocol Design Services Group. Actel's strategy is to be The Programmable ASIC Solutions Company, a complete solution provider for programmable ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) systems. The company is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ACTL and is located at 955 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94086-4533. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835). Internet:

NOTE: The Actel name and logo are registered trademarks of Actel Corporation. Diamond Multimedia and Rio 300 and Rio 500 are trademarks of S3 Corporation. All other trademarks and servicemarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE: Actel Corporation

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