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40nm 3PLDs pack 920 parallel I/Os, 48 transceivers

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? PLL? parallel I/O? RAM?


Tabula Inc. has unveiled the ABAX family of 3D PLDs (3PLD) based on its recently-announced Spacetime architecture that delivers the benefits of 3D by using time as a third dimension.

The ABAX devices enables high-performance, compute-intensive applications on a programmable platform at volume price points. Providing programmability in applications historically served only by ASICs or ASSPs, ABAX represents a new category of programmable logic device. ABAX resets the bar for the capability and density of programmable logic, memory and signal processing while maintaining a familiar design flow. Designed for a wide range of applications, ABAX devices will initially target the telecom, enterprise, and wireless infrastructure markets.

Deployed on TSMC's 40nm process, ABAX devices integrate a rich mixture of fully configurable, high-performance I/Os, including 920 general-purpose parallel I/Os and 48 6.5Gbit/s serial transceivers. To improve time to market and productivity, the ABAX family's design flow closely resembles those for FPGAs and ASICs, using synthesis, placement, and routing to compile designs from RTL into silicon. In addition, ABAX devices support a broad portfolio of soft IP cores, including DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers, PCIe, Gigabit and 10Gbit Ethernet, soft CPUs, sRIO, CPRI and OBSAI.

"We are proud to announce our 40nm ABAX family of Spacetime 3PLD devices," said Dennis Segers, Tabula CEO. "We believe the combination of our breakthrough Spacetime architecture, our commitment to advanced process technology nodes, and our focus on standard design flows set Tabula and ABAX apart in the market. With the support of a seasoned executive staff, a world-class engineering team, and a premier investor group, we look forward to demonstrating to customers the value ABAX can bring to their applications."

The initial ABAX products to be released by Tabula will be the A1EC02, A1EC03, A1EC04, and the A1EC06. ABAX A1EC04 samples will be available in Q3 and will go into mass production in Q4 2010. Pricing in 2010 for the A1EC04 is $150 for orders of 2,000 units.

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