LONDON – High-speed FPGA vendor Achronix Semiconductor Corp. has announced that Robert Blake has joined the company as president and CEO. Blake has held senior positions with Altera and was most recently CEO of Octasic Inc. (Montreal, Quebec).
John Lofton Holt, founder and CEO of Achronix (Santa Clara, Calif.) since the company's formation, will continue with the company as chairman of the board of directors. Holt will focus on global strategic initiatives to expand Achronix business, the company said.
Achronix recently announced a round of mezzanine financing and plans to build its FPGAs on a 22-nm process technology from Intel Corp.
The Speedster22i FPGA platform includes SerDes ports that operate at up to 28-Gbits per second as well as 10G/40G/100G Ethernet MAC and DMA blocks and support for Interlaken, PCI-Express, DDR2 and DDR3 memory interfaces.
The platform consists of two families; one optimized for performance and the other optimized for density.
"We are pleased to have someone with Robert's experience, leadership, and passion joining Achronix as our CEO," said John Lofton Holt, founder and chairman of Achronix. "This key addition to our management team, coupled with our recent $45 million series C mezzanine financing, our unique technology and our relationship with Intel, gives us all the building blocks to take Achronix to the next level."
Dr. DSP's take could be right. There's no question John was the right guy to build that company during financing phases. (Note: I worked with him and the Achronix team as a consultant 2007-2009).
Now it's time to kick it up a bit with the Intel investment and a technology that's somewhat road tested. We'll see. You really hope something like high-speed FPGAs emerges as a viable design choice, IMHO.
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