The folks at MathStar, a fabless semiconductor company specializing in high-performance programmable logic, say that research analyst firm Semico Research Corp. has included the company's flagship Arrix family of field programmable object array (FPOA) semiconductor devices in a new category of products called field programmable computing arrays (FPCAs).
The Semico report, "The Market for Field Programmable Computing Arrays," details the FPCA category, which includes MathStar and other early entrants and describes a $1.9 billion market for the category by 2010.
"This breakthrough report highlights some of the large opportunities that MathStar is pursuing where traditional solutions such as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs) do not meet all of the customer requirements," said Doug Pihl, CEO of MathStar. "MathStar's Arrix family of FPOAs, with operating speeds up to 1 GHz, are positioned well to win in this exciting, new FPCA space."
"Semico's ongoing examination of the semiconductor industry convinces us that a burgeoning new class of programmable logic merits explicit callout," said Richard Wawrzyniak, senior market analyst, ASIC & SoC, Semico Research Corp. "Like other programmable logic devices, FPCAs are programmable and reconfigurable. However, FPCAs are differentiated from devices such FPGAs by a combination of very high performance, a coarse grained architecture, and a unique approach to interconnecting the computing elements to enable high performance, low cost, and low power consumption. These attributes are fundamental to enabling growth in markets such as broadcast video and wireless networks."
The report is available for purchase from Semico Research Corp. at www.semico.com/studies/moreinfo.asp?id=1051&cid=4.