The Efinix hardware will initially range from 4K LUTs to 150K LUTs, Cheung said. The company reckons its technology is good for use in mobile products and machine learning applications and it will come to market as both stand-alone ICs and as FPGA fabric licensed for use within SoCs, Cheung said.
Efinix has been working with foundries Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and has silicon designs in 40nm and 28nm CMOS process technology. Cheung said the potential area advantage provided by Quantum allows the use of more mature and lower cost process nodes but he added that the company would also be pushing down below 28nm to 10nm "very soon."
"Efinix’s solution can address a wide variety of applications that are typically not served by today’s FPGAs," said Salil Raje, senior vice president of software and IP products group at Xilinx. "We are excited to be an investor and look forward to working with them."
A spokesperson for Samsung Ventures said: "We envision many applications that feature Quantum technology embedded inside ASICs, ASSPs, or FPGAs."
"Or priority is to do our own branded products but we want to develop a business model with more focus on customer- and application-specific circuits," Cheung said.