LONDON M2000 has changed its name to Abound Logic Inc. and has said that it is "slowly getting out of the stealth mode" as it launches a range of low-power high-density FPGAs implemented in 65-nm CMOS.
M2000 was a licensor of programmable logic intellectual property founded in France in 1996 but which engineered a move to Santa Clara in 2007 saying that it was about to launch a "breakthrough" in programmable logic technology that would provide higher logic density, functionality and speed at less cost than competing solutions.
M2000 said it received additional funding in the summer of 2007 and moved its headquarters to Santa Clara, while leaving its R&D operations in Bievres near Paris.
Two years later and Abound Logic is introducing its Raptor family of 65-nm FPGAs that it claims surpass in capacity what other FPGA vendors are achieving in 40-nm.
The company is not saying quite how it has been done, but the company also claims Raptor FPGAs consume less than half the power of equivalent 65-nm devices, allowing high volume production. Nor is the company saying which foundry is making its Raptor FPGAs.
The company is led as CEO by co-founder Frederic Reblewski. Prior to forming M2000 Reblewski had a long-standing relationship with Mentor Graphics Corp. having sold his previous company, Meta Systems SA, a provider of emulation systems based on a dedicated FPGA architecture,, to Mentor in 1996.
The company has also not revealed how much cash it has raised to fund its new metamorphosis. The investors continue to be listed as Tallwood Venture Capital, Doughty Hanson & Co, Galileo Partners, Venture Tech Alliance and Mentor, which provides front-end synthesis technology for Abound Logicís products.
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