China telco licenses eFPGA

Flex Logix has announced that MorningCore Technology, a subsidiary of China telecommunications giant Datang, is licensing EFLX4K eFPGA for TSMC’s 12nm FinFET Compact technology (12FFC)  process and the EFLX Compiler for programming the eFPGA.

The application involves wireless communications.  MorningCore is also licensing additional seats of the EFLX Compiler so some of their customers can program the chip with eFPGA themselves.

Communications systems today are major users of FPGAs for flexibility and reconfigurability to allow for customization and real-time updating of protocols and algorithms.

Flex Logix’s EFLX eFPGA allows systems to be smaller, lighter and lower power by integrating the FPGA into the ASIC/SoC.

“We are proud to work with MorningCore, who extensively evaluated Flex Logix’s technology,” said Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix. “eFPGA can deliver significant improvements in performance, power and reconfigurability. We see China as being one the largest markets for both our eFPGA and NMAXÔ neural inferencing technologies.”

The EFLX4K Logic IP core has 4K 4-input-equivalent-LUTs, 632 inputs and 632 outputs and is a complete eFPGA.

The EFLX4K DSP IP core replaces about ¼ of the LUTs with 40 multiplier-accumulators for DSP and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

The two EFLX4K cores can be tiled together to make larger arrays to support applications needing more LUTs as required, up to 7×7 with any mix of logic and DSP cores.

The EFLX arrays are programmed using VHDL or Verilog; and the EFLX Compiler takes the output of a synthesis tool such as Synopsys Synplify and does packing, placement, routing, timing and bitstream generation.

The bitstream, when loaded into the array, programs it to execute the desired RTL.