Flex Logix licences FPGA fabric to China's MorningCore

January 23, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Flex Logix licences FPGA fabric to China's MorningCore
MorningCore Technology Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China), a subsidiary of China telecommunications giant Datang Telecom, has licensed the EFLX 4K eFPGA for TSMC's12nm FinFET Compact technology (12FFC)  process and the EFLX Compiler for programming the eFPGA.

The license is aimed at FPGA fabric in wireless communications ICs and MorningCore is licensing additional seats of the EFLX Compiler so some customers can program the eFPGA themselves.

MorningCore was founded in March 2017 and spent 2017 and 2018 working on a software defined radio (SDR) chip platform.

"We see China as being one the largest markets for both our eFPGA and NMAX neural inferencing technologies.” said Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix, in a statement.

The EFLX4K Logic IP core has 4K 4-input-equivalent-LUTs, 632 inputs and 632 outputs and is a complete eFPGA. The EFLX4K DSP IP core replaces about one quarter of the LUTs with 40 multiplier-accumulators for DSP and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The two EFLX4K cores can be tiled together to make larger arrays to support applications needing more LUTs as required, up to 7x7 with any mix of logic and DSP cores.

The EFLX arrays are programmed using VHDL or Verilog; and the EFLX Compiler takes the output of a synthesis tool such as Synopsys Synplify and does packing, placement, routing, timing and bitstream generation. The bitstream, when loaded into the array, programs it to execute the desired RTL.

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