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 on September 21, 2010 at the conference by VDC Research (VDC). 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. Richard Dean, program manager, embedded hardware practice at VDC Research said that Actel has developed something unique with SmartFusion. He further added that 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. Rich Kapusta, vice president of marketing and business development said that this award recognizes Actel's commitment to innovation for today's embedded designers. Further, he added that designers would now have the freedom to push their designs beyond traditional boundaries. About SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs SmartFusion is the industry's first intelligent mixed signalFPGA and 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. For the industrial, medical, energy, communications and military markets in diverse applications, including system management, power management, motor control, industrial networking and display,SmartFusion proves to be an innovative solution. 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.