EMBEDDED FPGA SOLVES AEROSPACE/DEFENSE NEEDS
According to at least one market research report, >10% of FPGA Sales are for Aerospace and Defense applications.
FPGAs do an excellent job in enabling flexible Aerospace/Defense applications that can be updated and improved over the long life of Aerospace/Defense systems.
But there are several improvements Aerospace/Defense applications can achieve with embedded FPGA:
- 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. Flex Logix is already in design of a Rad-Hard embedded FPGA for a US Fab, which is not yet public.
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.
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