The Challenge And Value Proposition of eFPGA Emulation


More than 40 chips have been licensed to use EFLX eFPGA and more than 20 chips are already working in silicon. Big customers like Renesas are planning high volumes and families of chips using eFPGA. eFPGA is being used in process nodes from 180nm to 5nm, with 3nm and 18A in evaluation. Especially for the high-volume customers working in advanced finFET nodes, the strong need is for first ... » read more

Taking eFPGA Security To The Next Level


Security is an important topic for every SOC, but it’s especially salient in the context of high-risk assets included in the eFPGA for obfuscation. Whether the device is used in defense systems or in cars driving around town, encryption is important so the device remains secure and can’t be modified maliciously, whether through physical attacks or remote hacking. There are several different... » read more

Use Cases And Value Proposition Of eFPGA


Flex Logix EFLX eFPGA is the first eFPGA that enables a customer to match the performance of FPGAs from AMD/Xilinx and Intel (in the same process node) with the same density (LUTs/mm2). EFLX eFPGA has been in use with customers now for more than 5 years, hardware and software. More than 40 chips have been licensed to use EFLX eFPGA and more than 20 chips are working in silicon. Big customers... » read more

The Next Generation Of Embedded FPGA


EFLX eFPGA has been in use in SoCs for more than 5 years, hardware and software. More than 40 chips have been licensed to use EFLX eFPGA and more than 20 chips are working in silicon. Big customers like Renesas are planning high volumes and families of chips using eFPGA. As we have worked with customers our architecture has evolved from EFLX Gen 1.0 to Gen 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and now in 2023 ... » read more

Fully Reconfigurable DSP: As Fast As Hardwired At ~2x Area/Power


Today if you want high performance DSP you have three choices: Hardwire your function – zero flexibility Use DSP IP based on VLIW Use FPGAs with DSP MACs or math engines What we hear from customers is that there is a growing need for very fast and very flexible DSP, which hardwired solutions can’t address. And that the fastest solutions are FPGAs, but they are big, high pow... » read more

Modular FPGA Makes FPGA Easier To Use


Traditionally FPGAs are configured once at boot/power-on. This is because they almost always store the configuration file in a Flash memory which is updated from time to time (like your smart phone’s OS and apps). But eFPGA is in your SoC, so you can provide the configuration files from on chip SRAM, on chip NVM and/or off chip DRAM. EFLX eFPGA is reconfigurable. Process nodes like 40nm... » read more

Improving Image Resolution At The Edge


How much cameras see depends on how accurately the images are rendered and classified. The higher the resolution, the greater the accuracy. But higher resolution also requires significantly more computation, and it requires flexibility in the design to be able to adapt to new algorithms and network models. Jeremy Roberson, technical director and software architect for AI/ML at Flex Logix, talks... » read more

Issues And Challenges In Super-Resolution Object Detection And Recognition


If you want high performance AI inference, such as Super-Resolution Object Detection and Recognition, in your SoC the challenge is to find a solution that can meet your needs and constraints. You need inference IP that can run the model you want at high accuracy. You need inference IP that can run the model at the frame rate you want: higher frame rate = lower latency, more time for dec... » read more

Connect To Any Chip With Programmable GPIO


Your MCU/SoC today may have several options for GPIO connections: UART, SPI, I2C. But there are dozens of variations and kinds of GPIO interface protocols: you don’t have enough pins to provide all of them as hardwired options. As a result, a significant number of your customers either can’t use your chip because they need to connect to another with a GPIO interface you don’t support, ... » read more

The Importance Of Metal Stack Compatibility For Semi IP


Every foundry and every node is different, but for every foundry/node there are multiple supported metal stacks. Some chips use a lot more metal layers than others. A common rule of thumb is each metal layer increases wafer cost 10%. So, a chip with 5 more metal layers than another will cost 50%+ more. The most complex, high performance chips, including performance FPGAs, typically use AL... » read more

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