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  • Achronix’s Next-Generation, 7nm FPGA Family Will Feature Micron’s Blazingly Fast GDDR6 Memory – To 4 Tbps and Beyond November 12, 2018 by Manoj Roge

    Micron Technology announced today that its high-performance GDDR6 SDRAM (in volume production since June) will be the high-speed memory of choice for Achronix’s yet-to-be-announced, next-generation FPGA family,  making Achronix the world’s first FPGA vendor with announced GDDR6 support. Achronix has worked closely with Micron on GDDR6 compatibility and this announcement of Achronix’s next-generation FPGA family …

    Speedcore eFPGAs are an Enabling Technology for 360° Surround-view Systems November 12, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    Next-generation video applications such as surveillance, object detection, motion analysis now rely on 360° embedded vision. In these systems, multiple real-time camera streams (up to six) are processed together frame by frame, with each frame corrected for distortion and other image artifacts, adjusted for exposure and white balance, and then stitched together dynamically into a …

    Learning to Share – Embedded FPGA Timing Closure October 2, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    When we start school as young children, one of the first lessons we learn is how to share (followed quickly by not running with scissors). As our Sr. Director of Systems Engineering, Kent Orthner, discussed at DAC this past June, sharing is also key when it comes to closing timing with embedded FPGAs (eFPGAs). With …

    Configuring Your Speedcore eFPGA, Part 2: Configuration Time July 30, 2018 by Volkan Oktem

    As discussed in part 1 of this blog post, each instance of an Achronix Speedcore eFPGA in your ASIC or SoC design must be configured after the system powers up because Speedcore eFPGAs employ nonvolatile SRAM technology to store its configuration bits. The time required to program a bitstream into a Speedcore eFPGA depends on …

    Configuring your Speedcore eFPGA, Part 1: Configuration Interfaces July 16, 2018 by Volkan Oktem

    Each instance of an Achronix Speedcore eFPGA in your ASIC or SoC design must be configured after the system powers up because Speedcore eFPGAs employ nonvolatile SRAM technology to store the eFPGA’s configuration bits. Each Speedcore instance contains its own FPGA configuration unit (FCU) that initializes, configures, and manages the Speedcore eFPGA’s core logic array. …

    How Big Should your eFPGA be? Here are Some Hints. June 29, 2018 by Volkan Oktem

    Once you’ve made the correct decision to add Speedcore eFPGA IP to your ASIC or SoC design, the next question you’ll need to answer is how large to make the eFPGA. That’s a multi-dimensional question because Speedcore eFPGAs contain many types of blocks including: LUTs – grouped together in reconfigurable logic blocks (RLBs) along with …

    When, Why, and How Should You Use Embedded FPGA Technology for Hardware Acceleration? June 7, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    If integrating an embedded FPGA (eFPGA) into your ASIC or SoC design strikes you as odd, it shouldn’t. ICs have been absorbing almost every component on a circuit board for decades, starting with transistors, resistors, and capacitors — then progressing to gates, ALUs, microprocessors, and memories. FPGAs are simply one more useful component in the …

    My Path to Achronix Applications Engineering April 26, 2018 by Katie Purcell

    Growing up in Virginia, I never thought I would become an engineer. Not that I didn’t want to be an engineer — the thought just never crossed my mind. As a kid, I spent most of my free time pursuing various arts. I loved music, learning to play the flute, piccolo, and later the electric …

    Speedcore eFPGAs as a Risk Mitigator April 18, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    System architects and program managers worry about how to mitigate risk when developing an SoC. Risk can present itself in many forms, but it is most commonly the result of ill-defined and changing standards as well as the need to future-proof designs. The Programmable Logic Approach Relegating at-risk portions of the design to programmable logic …

    Moving Machine Learning off the Cloud Calls for eFPGAs April 10, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    Artificial intelligence is reshaping the world we live in and opening opportunities in commercial and industrial systems applications that range from autonomous driving and medical diagnostics to home appliances, industrial automation, adaptive websites and financial analytics. Next up is the communications infrastructure that links systems together, moving toward automated self-repair and optimization. For example, the …

    Speedcore eFPGA Enable Increased Security in Networks Solution on the Edge March 5, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    Next-generation networking solutions are pushing processing out of the cloud and towards the network’s edge. At the same time, processing structures architected around programmable logic provide the ability to make computing much more data-centric. Programmable logic makes it possible to construct data pipelines versus traditional processors demand for data to be fed to their pipelines …

    Next-Generation AI Hardware needs to be Flexible and Programmable January 19, 2018 by Steve Mensor

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way the world works, opening up countless opportunities in commercial and industrial systems. Applications span diverse markets such as autonomous driving, medical diagnostics, home appliances, industrial automation, adaptive websites and financial analytics. Even the communications infrastructure linking these systems together is moving towards automated self-repair and optimization. These new …

    Visitors to CES 2018 will Experience the Future of Transportation January 5, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    When visitors to CES 2018 want to travel to the Las Vegas Convention Center across town, it will likely be in a fully autonomous vehicle from Lyft getting them there. While this futurist trip will certainly be a first for many riders, this type of point-to-point travel will soon become commonplace. But questions concerning the …

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