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8/9/2011 02:53 PM EDT
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re: KaiSemi replaces end-of-life ASICs and FPGAs with functionally identical chips
yehudaby@kaisemi.com   8/10/2011 9:44:57 AM
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Hello Jg... In regard to your first comment, as far as we know today no one is doing exactly what we are doing. It took years of continuous development to get to this day. What others are said to be doing - which can be easily checked by contacting them and requesting a post-compilation netlist conversion - is simple old gate level conversions from old FPGAs. But today the netlists which come out of the latest tools of ALTERA & XILINX are Not gate-level netlists. They are much more complex and include high level cell blocks with "endless" combinations of configurable logic and LUTs. We know Atmel for many years since our days in Orbit Semi, Flextronics Semi and AMI Semi. Regarding your second comment, you are completely correct, it's all about the volumes, as nothing is really for free. But you are mistaken in one major thing which you missed: the volumes today can go down to one lot of wafers and still cover all the expenses while achieving half the price of the FPGA volumes cost. For more detailed information please see our web site: www.kaisemi.com and especially the FAQ section: http://kaisemi.com/index.php/solutions/frequentlyaskedquestions Kind Regards, Yehuda Ben-Yaish VP Engineering, KaiSemi Ltd.

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jg_   8/10/2011 4:55:03 AM
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Other companies have been doing this for years.. eg Atmel have FPGA Conversion ULC. The devil is in the details, and missing from the press fluff, is the volumes needed for 'Zero NRE'.

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Max The Magnificent   8/9/2011 3:02:05 PM
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I know that this sounds "too good to be true" (just taking the FPGA gate-level netlist and running with it) ... but I talked to the folks at KaiSemi some time ago and they had good answers for everything I was doubtful about...

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