Embedded FPGA Blocks as Functional Accelerators (AMBA Architecture, with FREE Verilog Examples!)

Embedded FPGA Blocks as Functional Accelerators (AMBA Architecture, with FREE Verilog Examples!)
by Tom Dillinger on 07-20-2017 at 7:00 am

A key application for embedded FPGA (eFPGA) technology is to provide functionality for specific algorithms — as the throughput of this implementation exceeds the equivalent code executing on a processor core, these SoC blocks are often referred to as accelerators. The programmability of eFPGA technology offers additional… Read More


Why Embedded FPGA is a New IP Category?

Why Embedded FPGA is a New IP Category?
by Eric Esteve on 07-14-2017 at 12:00 pm

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


Embedded FPGA’s create new IP category

Embedded FPGA’s create new IP category
by Tom Simon on 07-07-2017 at 12:00 pm

FPGA’s are the new superstar in the world of Machine Learning and Cloud Computing, and with new methods of implementing them in SOC’s there will be even more growth ahead. FPGA’s started out as a cost effective method for implementing logic without having to spin an ASIC or gate array. With the advent of the web and high performance… Read More


Embedded FPGA IP update — 2nd generation architecture, TSMC 16FFC, and a growing customer base

Embedded FPGA IP update — 2nd generation architecture, TSMC 16FFC, and a growing customer base
by Tom Dillinger on 05-31-2017 at 12:00 pm

Regular Semiwiki readers are aware that embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP development is a rapidly growing (and evolving) technical area. The applications for customizable and upgradeable logic in the field are many and diverse — as a result, improved performance, greater configurable logic capacity/density, and comprehensive… Read More


The eFPGA Market is Heating Up!

The eFPGA Market is Heating Up!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-22-2017 at 7:00 am

It is nice to see an emerging market successfully emerge for a change. With embedded FPGAs we are way past test chips and are now seeing tape-outs and silicon in a variety of applications. I’m not sure what the current market estimate of eFPGA is just yet but they align nicely with the $30B+ micro controller market. Market studies have… Read More


CEO Interview: Vincent Markus of Menta

CEO Interview: Vincent Markus of Menta
by Daniel Nenni on 05-15-2017 at 7:00 am

What is Menta all about?
Menta was founded to add hardware-programmability within SoCs. We deliver FPGAs in hard IP form that can be readily embedded within an SoC to make certain hardware functions reconfigurable at-will, post-production. This enables customers to dynamically adapt to evolving standards, perform security… Read More


What’s better than silicon-proven IP? Lab bench-proven!

What’s better than silicon-proven IP? Lab bench-proven!
by Tom Dillinger on 03-17-2017 at 12:00 pm

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

Power and Performance Optimization for Embedded FPGA’s
by Tom Dillinger on 02-22-2017 at 12:00 pm

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


Is FPGA Intel Next Big Thing for IoT ?

Is FPGA Intel Next Big Thing for IoT ?
by Eric Esteve on 11-04-2016 at 4:00 pm

I write this article in reaction to another article from Seeking Alpha titled “Intel Next Big Thing”. I have extracted this from the article:

The IoT space is growing rapidly with the advent of connected cars, smart homes and a variety of connected devices and appliances. However, before a full-blown ecosystem around these devicesRead More