EMBEDDED FPGA SOLVES AEROSPACE NEEDS
FPGAs do an excellent job in enabling flexible Aerospace applications that can be updated and improved over the long life of Aerospace systems.
According to at least one market research report, >10% of FPGA Sales are for Aerospace applications. And, another report indicates that 35% of Aerospace microsystem content is FPGA.
Embedded FPGA adds even more value for Aerospace applications:
- Embedded FPGA offers density and performance similar to FPGA Chips, but when embedded FPGA is integrated in an SoC, power-hungry SERDES disappear and the result is a smaller, lighter, lower power solution: all critical improvements for any application involving flight.
- Embedded FPGA can be ported to any CMOS process in any fab, including Fabs in the US and even Trusted Fabs: Defense applications often prefer US fabrication of critical components.
- EFLX Embedded FPGA is based on Standard Cells (high density is achieved by the use of Flex Logix' patented, superior programmable interconnect): if Flex Logix is provided with a Rad-Hard Standard Cell Library, and given additional guidelines for Rad-Hard design, an EFLX embedded FPGA IP core and arrays will result that are Rad-Hard.
DARPA, the US government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has selected EFLX embedded FPGA and entered into an agreement for it to be available to any company or government agency designing chips in TSMC® 16FFC for use by any branch of the US Government. Flex Logix EFLX4K IP Cores in TSMC16FFC are available now.
Sandia National Laboratories selected EFLX4K for their proprietary 180nm process: all IP deliverables have been made to Sandia and they will use EFLX embedded FPGA in development of multiple Sandia chip products.
See their talk at GOMAC in March:
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