Munich - DATE 2005 - 8 March 2005 - M2000, an innovator in intellectual property for reconfigurable semiconductors, today unveiled a new architecture for the FlexEOS range of embedded FPGA (eFPGA) macros. The new architecture is called FlexEOS-DSP, and has been optimized to maximize the performance and to minimize silicon utilization when implementing digital signal processing (DSP) applications. ASIC designers now have an efficient means to add in-silicon reconfigurability to applications ranging from image processing to wireless and radar.
The new architecture further expands the innovative, silicon proven FlexEOS solution. It combines reprogrammable logic elements with hard-wired functions that are common in most DSP functions, such as memory blocks, multipliers, accumulators, adders and subtractors.
“We believe that the addition of these functions constitutes a very attractive proposition for designers who need to combine DSP calculating power with the flexibility of a reprogrammable core,” said Gabriele Pulini, M2000’s vice president for marketing. “We have already seen a high level of interest for FlexEOS products in the communications sector, and we are convinced that these additions will be the key for expanding the use of FPGA cores in consumer products such as home digital devices.”
The FlexEOS range of embedded FPGA cores are SRAM based, and can be dynamically reconfigured to change the functionality of ASIC and SoC circuits after silicon processing and packaging. FlexEOS macros are currently characterized and manufactured in 90 nanometer CMOS technology. The silicon density for logic functions is up to 1,350 LUT’s per mm2, and the delay for a LUT plus its interconnect is 0.37 ns.
The optional DSP-dedicated blocks offer a variety of operating modes: signed/unsigned multiplication, multiply-accumulation, multiply-addition and multiply-subtraction, together with configurable rounding and saturation for performance, which is also enhanced with pipeline registers. The memory blocks can be configured as 4, 8 or 16 bits, and have dual ports, which can be configured independently. For example, a 96K LUT FlexEOS-DSP macro in 90nm contains 768, 500MHz MACs and 3.4Mb of memory blocks.
Each macro is delivered with a comprehensive software tool suite for the compilation of the applications which are to run on the macro.
FlexEOS macros are suitable for a wide range of applications, and can be supplied for any silicon foundry technology.
Availability and Pricing
M2000’s range of generic FlexEOS products is available for production in 90nm. Evaluation versions of the software are available from M2000. FlexEOS-DSP macros optimized for DSP functions will be available in Q2 2005.
The comprehensive pricing structure, which can be tailored to individual requirements, includes a license fee for each project, and royalties on production chips.
M2000 was created in 1996 by three EDA and FPGA veterans . The founding team has more than 17 years in design of innovative FPGA architectures, and holds numerous patents in the field of configurable logic and its applications for electronic system validation. M2000’s current focus is the design and development of state of the art configurable logic technology for the rapidly growing reconfigurable SoC (System on a Chip) market. Corporate headquarters are located at: 1 Route de Gisy, Parc Burospace, Hall 1bis, Bièvres (91570) France. For more information: Website: http://www.m2000.fr.