LONDON M2000 Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) a programmable logic intellectual property licensor founded in France in 1996 is about to launch what it describes as a "breakthrough" in programmable logic technology. The company claims that its technology will provide higher logic density, functionality and speed at less cost than competing solutions.
M2000, led by CEO and cofounder Frederic Reblewksi, has operated out of France for more than a decade and has provided FPGA blocks for license by SOC designers.
However, M2000 said it received additional funding this summer and has moved its headquarters to Santa Clara, while leaving its R&D operations in Bievres near Paris. M2000 is growing its U.S. operation to perform software and IP development, applications support, and sales, marketing and operations, the company said. The amount of money raised was not disclosed. Investors in M2000 include Tallwood Venture Capital, Doughty Hanson & Co, Galileo Partners, Venture Tech Alliance and EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp.
Reblewski has a long-standing relationship with Mentor having sold his previous company, Meta Systems SA, a provider of emulation systems, to Mentor in 1996.
As a licensor of FPGA blocks M2000 provided a 150,000-equivalent-gate block of programmable logic for an ARM9-based microcontroller aimed at the wireless infrastructure market. The programmable logic block provided a 4,000 look-up table capability into the GreenField-STW21000, launched in March 2005.
The latest eFPGA core from M2000 is in production in 90-nm CMOS.
The company said it is developing its own products based on an architecture that "will revolutionize the programmable logic market." The company said it showing details of its architecture to select customers.
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