eFPGA has been a hot topic on SemiWiki for the past five years and it is still going strong. eFPGA is more descriptively categorized as embedded programmable logic and reconfigurable computing. Whatever you want to call it, eFPGA is an important piece of the computing puzzle, absolutely.
We recently did a series of videos with Menta that is worth seeing as a retrospective of were eFPGA is used today and some hints for tomorrow.
The first one is titled Design Adaptive eFPGA IP:
“In this webinar, we will explain what makes an eFPGA different to a FPGA but also to embedded CPUs/GPUs – and in which cases an eFPGA IP is the way to go. We will then explain what is a design adaptive eFPGA IP and why this adaptiveness is so important when it comes to integrating an eFPGA IP.”
The second one is titled: eFPGA Using Adaptive DSP:
“In this webinar, we will explain why the use of Menta Adaptive Digital Processor (DSP) makes Menta eFPGA different to any other FPGA, embedded CPUs/GPUs or eFPGA. We will then explain why its ease of use, its adaptiveness and its performance are so important when we are looking for the best trade-off between flexibility and PPA to better suit your hardware requirements”
The third one is titled: How to build a secure system over the time using eFPGA IP
“In this webinar we will present the Secure-IC & Menta corporate overview and vision, why eFPGA can be powerful in security, the first results of the collaboration, the joint value proposal summary, and what is coming next for eFPGA IP in secure Element.”
What is the value proposition of eFPGA you ask?
Secret protection: With Menta eFPGA you can wait to deliver your most proprietary technology to end-customers as a field-upgrade, minimizing any opportunity for competitors to reverse engineer your product.
Cost reduction: At higher production volumes, onboard FPGAs quickly become cost prohibitive. With Menta eFPGA you integrate on-board FPGA functionality.
Performance: With Menta eFPGA, sacrifices in board-space, I/O latency, and bandwidth disappear, as you bring those accelerators on-chip, without the limitations/overhead due I/O padcount or chip-to-chip communication interfaces.
Lower power: In a COT FPGA, all the extra to the programmable logic, such as high-speed interfaces, PLL, and controllers consume around half of the power. All our power saving advances lead an algorithm on a Menta eFPGA IP to consume between 10 and 50% of the power of the same algorithm on a FPGA.
Design insurance: Maximizing flexibility requires maximizing process-portability. Menta eFPGA is the only 100% standard-cell based solution and this approach enables rapidly porting your eFPGA to whatever new process geometry/variant you desire, using the same automated, standard EDA flow as for the rest of your SoC. Menta, using our industry gold-standard Synopsys-based implementation flow, enables portability within just weeks.
Security: In today’s global, multi-player design-chain, preserving IP/trade secrets is more critical and challenging than ever. With Menta eFPGA you can wait to deliver your most proprietary technology to end-customers as a field-upgrade, minimizing any opportunity for competitors to reverse engineer your product.
Menta is a privately held company based in Sophia-Antipolis, France. For ASIC and SoCs designers who need fast, right-the-first time design and fast time to volume, Menta is the proven eFPGA pioneer whose design-adaptive standard cells-based architecture and state-of-the-art tool set provides the highest degree of design customization, best-in-class testability and fastest time-to-volume for SoC design targeting any production node at any foundry. For more information, visit the company website: www.menta-efpga.com