How do you reconfigure system characteristics? The answer to that question is well established – through software. Make the underlying hardware general enough and use platform software to update behaviors and tweak hardware configuration registers. This simple fact drove the explosion of embedded processors everywhere … Read More
Tag: efpga ip
eFPGA IP – in Videos
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… Read More
Flex Logix Expands Its eFPGA Footprint with a Low Power Comms Design Win from OpenFive
Embedded FPGA use is on the rise. The programmability offered by this kind of IP finds many applications in complex SoCs. There was a recent announcement that OpenFive had licensed Flex Logix’s eFPGA to develop a low power communications SoC. The part required a large eFPGA. The news was reported on SemiWiki here. This announcement… Read More
Learn About Implementing SmartNICs, an Achronix White Paper
We have all seen the announcements to provide ever-increasing network capabilities within the data centers. Enabling these advances are improvements in connectivity including SerDes, PAM4, optical solutions, and many others. It seems 40G is old news now, and the current push is for 400G – things are changing very quickly.… Read More
Why Embedded FPGA is a New IP Category?
Yes, embedded FPGA is clearly an IP function, or design IP, and not a software tool or anything else. The idea to embed an FPGA block into an ASIC is not new, I remember the discussions we had in the ASIC marketing team when I was working for Atmel, back in 2000. What is new is the big interest for eFPGA in the semiconductor industry, even… Read More
What’s better than silicon-proven IP? Lab bench-proven!
The SoC industry depends upon the availability of validated IP. SoC designs require a huge investment, and assume the external IP that is licensed from outside parties satisfies all functional and electrical specifications. To support that requirement, IP providers typically pursue a strategy to demonstrate their designs… Read More
Power and Performance Optimization for Embedded FPGA’s
Last month, I made a “no-brainer” forecast that 2017 would be the year in which embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP would emerge as a key differentiator for new SoC designs (link to the earlier article here).
The fusion of several technical and market factors are motivating design teams to incorporate programmable logic functionality… Read More
The Year of the eFPGA
The start of the new year is typically a time for annual predictions. Prognostications are especially difficult in our industry, due to the increasing difficulty in Moore’s Law technology scaling and greater design complexity challenges. There is one sure prediction, however — this year will see the emergence … Read More