FPGA startup wins funds from Xilinx, Samsung

September 26, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Efinix Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), an FPGA startup founded in 2012 by a couple of veteran engineers, has raised $9.5 million in a funding round led by FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc.

This brings the amount raised by the company to $16 million and the money will be used to bring its first products to market. They use what the company calls 'Quantum' programmable technology, a technology the company claims gives it a 4x improvement in power-performance-area (PPA) over traditional programmable architectures.

This is achievable by way of circuit-level architecture implemented on the same SRAM memory cells and baseline process technologies that rival FPGA vendors use.

The technology behind "Quantum" is the use of a universal circuit that can be used as either a routing block or for logic, according to Sammy Cheung, CEO and co-founder of Efinix. Cheung said that traditional FPGAs use dedicated silicon blocks for routing and others for look up tables (LUTs). In contrast Efinix has block that can be configured for routing or logic depending on the circuit being implemented which allows for superior optimization and for a stripping out of complexity that is found in traditional FPGAs.

That reduction in complexity provides Efinix with its 4x advantage Cheung told eeNews Europe.


Sammy Cheung, CEO of Efinix Inc.

The investment round was led by Xilinx and Hong King X Technology Fund (HKX). Others in the round included Samsung Ventures Investment, Hong Kong Inno Capital and Brizan Investments.

"High-volume applications and markets are prime targets for our Quantum-accelerated products," said Cheung, in a statement. "Combining our Quantum programmable technology and Efinity Integrated Design Environment, we will be launching a number of joint development projects and a new line of silicon product platforms in the coming months thanks to the funding announced today."

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