SAN FRANCISCO Fabless programmable logic supplier MathStar Inc. Monday (Sept. 25) introduced its second generation of field programmable object arrays (FPOA), claiming operational speeds of up to 1-gigahertz. The company claims that this speed is up to four times faster than today's top FPGA architectures, depending on the application.
According to MathStar (Hillsboro, Ore.), the Arrix FPOA family is well suited for demanding applications in industries such as machine vision, professional video, medical imaging and military/aerospace.
Arrix devices support 400 independent, configurable objects linked via a programmable 1-gigahertz interconnect fabric, according to MathStar. The devices are also available with two and a half times the internal memory and twice the high-speed I/O bandwidth of previous generations of the FPOA, the company said. Arrix products also support industrial temperature ranges and is available in both standard eutectic and RoHS-compliant packaging.
"The Arrix Family is a lot more than just a family of chips," said Doug Pihl, MathStar CEO. "It is also supported by FPOA design software, a PCI form-factor customer development board, and a variety of intellectual property (IP) cores."
MathStar said Arrix is supported by IP partners in the professional video market, including Barco Silex. Cadre Codesign, a leading IP developer in the machine vision market, also supports Arrix, MathStar said.
The Arrix family will be available directly from MathStar in various speed grades. The 1-gigahertz MOA2400D-10 device is priced at $285 per unit in 1,000 unit quantities, the company said. Slower speed grades have commensurately lower pricing, the company said.