QuickLogic Corp. has opened its first design center, aimed at supporting customers using its new Embedded Standard Products (ESP) class of FPGAs, EBN has learned.
The design center, which is based at the company's Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters, will be the locus for intellectual property development and implementation, as well as in-depth technical support and design services.
It is initially staffed with two engineers who are trained in system-level intricacies that exceed the support capabilities of QuickLogic's distributors, according to Chuck Tralka, director of strategic marketing.
Although QuickLogic's distributors-which include Arrow Inc., Bell Microproducts Inc., Future Electronics Inc. and Sterling Electronics Inc.-have highly trained PLD-specialists in the field, their technical expertise is geared toward promoting and selling the products, not to solving design-in issues, Tralka said.
Over the next several months, the company plans to pull its most skilled applications engineers into the design center function, and expand the operation into a "virtual" design center with several North American locations.
The move comes as QuickLogic is rolling out its QuickESP family of FPGAs, which embed IP blocks next to an array of user-programmable logic, and connect the two with a high-speed interface. By hard-coding the standard-product function-as opposed to offering a software implementation, as many PLD vendors do-QuickLogic said it can guarantee the performance and pin-out of the IP block, as well as shrink the die size and cost.
ESP products will eventually feature widely used standard functions which are deemed too complex to implement efficiently in pure programmable logic-such as SRAM, PCI, SONET, Rambus, 1394, and Utopia.
Currently, QuickLogic is readying the release of its QuickPCI series, which tackles the complexities of PCI interface design. QuickPCI devices embed complete 32-bit, 33-MHz, or 64-bit, 66-MHz PCI controllers, up to 45,000 PLD gates, and configuration logic to allow customization of certain elements of the PCI function.
The QL5032-33, supporting 32-bit, 33-MHz PCI, is slated to begin sampling by mid-February, with production in March. Production of 64-bit, 66-MHz parts is expected in the second quarter of 1999.
QuickLogic has also rolled out the QuickRAM series, offering from 11 Kbits to 25 Kbits of embedded RAM, up to 90,000 PLD gates, and up to 316 I/Os.