Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate

CEO of Flex Logix, Inc.

Market leaders in a wide range of markets are quickly embracing embedded FPGA technology because it significantly increases the return on investment required to bring complex chips to market. With readily-available, high-density blocks of programmable RTL in any size and with the features a customer needs, designers now have the powerful flexibility to customize a single chip for multiple markets and/or upgrade the chip while in the system to adjust to changing standards such as networking protocols. Customers can also easily update their chips with the latest deep learning algorithms and/or implement their own versions of protocols in data centers. In the past, the only way to accomplish these updates was through expensive and time-consuming new mask versions of the same chip.

All chip designers know that the deadline to “freeze RTL” comes all too soon. Now you don’t have to freeze the critical part of your RTL that needs to continue to change to keep up with evolving standards and changing customer requirements. Thanks to a handful of embedded FPGA companies, including Flex Logix who have introduced proven embedded FPGA platforms, chip designers can keep some of the chip flexible, enabling RTL to be updated any time, even in the customers’ systems.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the key advantages to embedded FPGA, discuss how chip designers can use it, and also correct some of the most common misconceptions about what embedded FPGA is and isn’t.