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Synapse Design and Flex Logix Tape Out Mutual Customer ASIC on a New Process in Less Than a Year Using Embedded FPGA (eFPGA) Technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - February 1, 2021 - Flex Logix Technologies, Inc., supplier of the fastest and most-efficient AI edge inference accelerator and the leading supplier of eFPGA IP, and Synapse Design Automation Inc.®, a leading design services partner serving tier one system and semiconductor companies, today announced that they have successfully taped out a new ASIC for a mutual customer using the EFLXÒ eFPGA IP ported to a new process in less than a year. EFLX is the only eFPGA IP available that is scalable and portable enough to meet aggressive time to market design cycles.

Portable and Scalable eFPGA to Meet Customer Requirements
eFPGA functionality is becoming more common in ASIC RFQs as system and semiconductor companies seek longer lifetimes out of their chip investments by being able to reprogram hardwired accelerators as algorithms and protocols change. To speed time to market, Flex Logix’s EFLX eFPGA can be ported to any CMOS process in six – eight months and supports 1K - >300K LUT4 equivalents, which enables design services companies to meet their customer’s eFPGA needs.

“We were delighted to work with Synapse Design and our joint customer who had an aggressive chip development cycle,” said Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix. “Because of our patented XFLXÔ interconnect and standard cell design methodology, we were able to provide the customer with early IP drops that allowed them to co-develop the ASIC while porting to a new process node. While we’ve successly enabled multiple customers to also co-develop their chip while porting to planer and FinFet processes with successful first-time working silicon, this is the first design services company customer.”

First Time Success ASICs
Through years of experience developing ASICs and SoCs for the world’s largest system and semiconductor companies, Synapse Design has crafted time-tested and proven design flows and methodologies ensuring its customers the fastest design times and “first-time success” ASICs. The Company engages with customers at any point in the design process that best supports their project goals from architecture spec to GDS hand-off targeting all process nodes. With more than seven engineering delivery centers around the world, Synapse Design can be close to its customers and deliver products on time.

“As designers of some of the most complex, mixed-signal, multi-million gate SoCs in the world, Synapse Design is constantly helping customers bring innovative products to market,” said Satish Bagalkotkar, CEO and Co-founder of Synapse Design. “We are fortunate to have Flex Logix as an eFPGA partner. Through their EFLX product and responsive team, they dramatically reduced time to new process technology for a joint customer.”