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BOEING DEFENSE, SPACE & SECURITY LICENSES FLEX LOGIX'S EMBEDDED FIELD-PROGRAMMABLE GATE ARRAY ON GLOBALFOUNDRIES 14NM PROCESS

 
 
 
 

EFLX4K eFPGA Now Available in a US Fab for Domestic Aerospace Customers 

Mountain View, Calif., September 24, 2018 – Addressing the US aerospace industry's
growing need for embedded field-programmable gate arrays (eFPGAs), Flex LogixÒ
Technologies, Inc., announced today that its EFLXÒ4K Logic and DSP eFPGA IP cores
are now in design for the 14nm process on GLOBALFOUNDRIES' wafer fabrication
facility in Malta, New York. Boeing is the first company to license the EFLX4K eFPGA
cores on GF's advanced 14nm foundry process, which will also be available for
commercial applications. 

eFPGA for Aerospace Applications 
Aerospace systems today are major users of FPGAs for flexibility and reconfigurability
to allow for customization and real-time updating of protocols and algorithms. EFLX
eFPGA allows aerospace systems to be smaller, lighter and lower power by integrating
the FPGA into the Application Specific Integrated Circuit/System-on-a-Chip (ASIC/SoC).
eFPGA can also be ported to any fab so manufacturing can be in a location preferable
to the aerospace company. The technology can even be radiation-hardened if it is
designed using a rad-hard standard cell library. 

“Having eFPGA available on our advanced 14LPP process technology will enable Boeing
and other aerospace companies to gain key competitive advantages in their chip designs,”
said Mike Cadigan, senior vice president of global sales at GF. “We believe eFPGA is
a major innovation in the industry and are pleased to partner with Flex Logix to bring
this technology into volume production.” 

“We are proud to work with GF to support Boeing, who extensively evaluated Flex
Logix's technology,” said Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix. “eFPGA can deliver significant
improvements in performance, power and reconfigurability. Now that the EFLX4K
is offered from a US fab on an advanced node, our customers can move forward with
confidence and reap the rewards this technology offers for projects that require US
fabrication.”  

This EFLX4K implements Flex Logix's second-generation Gen2 architecture which is
also available in other foundries/process nodes and is 100 percent compatible with
the existing EFLX compiler, including the new GUI modules. 

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 7x7 with any mix of Logic and DSP cores. 

EFLX can be ported to any complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) process
either at a commercial foundry or organizations with their own fabs. EFLX is a digital
architecture for development of embedded FPGAs for integration into SoCs, ASICs and
microcontroller units (MCUs) of a wide range of sizes. 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. 

About Flex Logix 
Flex Logix, founded in March 2014, provides solutions for reconfigurable RTL in chip
and system designs using embedded FPGA IP cores and software. The company's
technology platform delivers significant customer benefits by dramatically reducing
design and manufacturing risks, accelerating technology roadmaps, and bringing
greater flexibility to customers' hardware by enabling customization and real-time
updating of protocols and algorithms, etc. Flex Logix has raised more than $13
million of venture capital. Its EFLX eFPGA has now been ported to process nodes
from 180nm to FinFet across multiple fabs and is in use by multiple customers in
a wide range of applications.  The company is headquartered in Mountain View,
California and has sales rep offices in China, Europe, Israel, Japan, Taiwan and
Texas. 



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