Well-backed FPGA startup gets chip samples

December 13, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Efinix Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a 2012 fabless FPGA startup backed by Xilinx and Samsung, has received samples of its Quantum programmable ICs from Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC).

The sample chips have been manufactured using SMIC's 40nm CMOS process.

"This is the first time Efinix has worked with SMIC, and I am impressed by the strong support they provided. SMIC's business and technical engagement with us created a strong foundation for our development success," said Sammy Cheung, co-founder and CEO of Efinix, in a statement.  "Now we can focus on our 2018 production milestones and swiftly deploy our first Quantum-accelerated product line to serve high-volume markets worldwide."

Efinix claims that its Quantum programmable technology delivers a 4x power-performance-area advantage over traditional programmable technologies.

Efinix said it went from SMIC's physical design kit to silicon in six months and that this was possible because unlike other FPGAs Quantum does not require silicon process customization to boost performance and logic element density. Efinix is currently working with early customers. Details of the first phase of Quantum-accelerated product line will be released in 1Q18.

Related links and articles:

www.efinixinc.com

www.smics.com

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