FPGA startup wins funds from Xilinx, Samsung: Page 3 of 3

September 26, 2017 //By Peter Clarke
 FPGA startup wins funds from Xilinx, Samsung
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.

Cheung said that he and his co-founder Tony Ngai, CTO, had formed the company setting out to build a flexible, more efficient FPGA architecture. Conventional FPGA architectures are limited by having to engineer routing blocks for worst-case routing, are not suitable for integration in ASICs and ASSPs because they require special silicon process recipe tweaks.

By moving to a universal block that can be either logic or routing gains an advantage of fine-grained flexibility and optimization, good wide bus performance and flexible pipelining for PPA trade-offs, Cheung said.

"We will get revenue this year from some customers who have prepaid but we are looking to ramp product sales in 2018, Cheung said.

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