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Configuring your Speedcore eFPGA, Part 1: Configuration Interfaces

Volkan Oktem,Sr. Director of Application

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. For example, if you instantiate three Speedcore eFPGAs in your ASIC/SoC design, there will be three FCUs on the chip.

Speedcore Instance

How Big Should your eFPGA be? Here are Some Hints.

Volkan Oktem,Sr. Director of Application

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:

SoC with Speedcore IP

When, Why, and How Should You Use Embedded FPGA Technology for Hardware Acceleration?

Alok Sanghavi,Sr. Marketing Manager

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 tool box, available for decades as standalone products, and now available for integration into your IC design using Achronix’s Speedcore eFPGA, supported by Achronix's ACE design tools.

Katie Purcell

My Path to Achronix Applications Engineering

Katie Purcell,Senior Staff Applications Engineer

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 bass, on top of spending many years studying classical ballet. And it may not be considered art, but I also loved baking; the process of perfecting old recipes and the creativity of coming up with new ones.

Risk Management

Speedcore eFPGAs as a Risk Mitigator

Alok Sanghavi,Sr. Marketing Manager

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.

Machine Learning

Moving Machine Learning off the Cloud Calls for eFPGAs

Alok Sanghavi,Sr. Marketing Manager

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 U.S.

Network Security

Speedcore eFPGA Enable Increased Security in Networks Solution on the Edge

Alok Sanghavi,Sr. Marketing Manager

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 through a complex hierarchy of memory caches.

AI Hardware

Next-Generation AI Hardware needs to be Flexible and Programmable

Steve Mensor,Vice President, Marketing

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.


Visitors to CES 2018 will Experience the Future of Transportation

Alok Sanghavi,Sr. Marketing Manager

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 safety of autonomous vehicles remain. For Lyft's CES demonstration, a backup pilot will be in the driver's seat for added safety.

Speedcore Block Diagram

Why Designers Need to Look Towards Combining CPUs with FPGA Fabrics

Alok Sanghavi,Sr. Marketing Manager

Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the industry is, quite rightly, focusing on fundamentally new system architectures and making better use of available silicon through radical rethinking of how tasks are achieved within each device.