LONDON Low-power FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has shipped production-volume quantities of its iCE65 mobileFPGA devices to more than 10 customers. The company claims it is the first new FPGA vendor to achieve this in 20 years.
The company, founded late 2005, is aiming its FPGAs at mobile equipment such as feature phones, eBook readers, mobile internet devices, and digital still cameras, applications that have not traditionally made use of FPGAs for reasons of cost and power consumption.
The iCE65 family of devices is made using TSMC's 65-nm low-power CMOS process. The devices are SRAM-based but include a non-volatile configuration memory, eliminating the need for an external flash memory or EPROM. To help with consumer applications the chips are available in wafer-level chip-scale package (WLCSP).
"Much as the growth of traditional FPGAs was driven by the telecom boom of the 1990s. The growth of mobile FPGA devices is being driven by the rate of innovation in today's exploding mobile consumer market," said Kapil Shankar, CEO of SiliconBlue, in a statement.
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