Three of the six active FPGA startups we've been tracking at Programmable Logic DesignLine made the cut and were included in version 9.0 of EE Times' Silicon 60 emerging startups.
Those that appear on the list are Achronix Semiconductor Corp. and SiliconBlue Technologies Corp., both of which have appeared on previous versions of the list, as well as Tabula Inc., which appears on the list for the first time.
The three that didn't make the cut are Abound Logic Inc., Tier Logic and NuPGA (which just emerged last month).
It should be noted that Tier Logic remains in stealth mode and has played its cards pretty close to the vest thus far.
When I interviewed Abound in June, executives there objected to being referred to as a startup because, they say, while the company is relatively small and privately held, it is based on 16 years of technology development.
Achronix and SiliconBlue are probably the two most glamorous of the current crop of startups. Achronix offers speed unmatched by any other FPGA. And SiliconBlue is going after the high-growth handheld consumer device space with a single-chip, low power FPGA technology (the firm claims roughly 50 design wins).
Tabula, like Tier Logic, remains in stealth mode and not much is known about the company's plans. But they've disclosed enough to the right people: the company has closed $74 million in venture funding.