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FPGA TO ASIC CONVERSION

Faststream Technologies provides significant cost savings, performance enhancement, and product assurance in FPGA to ASIC conversion. Our customers have been able to reduce system costs considerably by successfully substituting their high-cost FPGAs with drop-in ASIC replacements in various applications. In most cases, higher performance, lower power, better thermal performance, and improved radiation immunity can be achieved in the ASIC. We supply a parallel development path for FPGA development. This leverages the inherent flexibility for developing a new generation wireless connectivity of an FPGA during the development phase while accelerating the path to low-cost production with an ASIC.

Faststream’s Design Engagement

Design Engagement in FPGA to ASIC

Need of FPGA to ASIC Conversion

 

Because of the benefits, some companies in the field are contemplating switching from FPGA to ASIC. It’s now possible to achieve the best of both worlds with FPGA to ASIC conversion: FPGA flexibility and development benefits, and ASIC size and power consumption advantages.

 

This implies the circuit would be developed first as an FPGA and then converted to an ASIC utilizing a low-cost, high-efficiency method.FPGA to ASIC conversion is used by many businesses to save money while gaining a competitive edge.

 

The conversion also shortens the time it takes for things to reach the market, providing your company an edge over competitors in your industry. You ship your first product with an FPGA, then transition to an ASIC once you reach a specific volume. ASIC-based systems have the advantages of reduced power consumption, smaller size, and cheaper unit cost.

FPGA Replacements, FPGA to ASIC

Faststream Offers the Following Types of Conversion

 

FPGA Replacements

 

  • Faststream Technologies performs a turnkey design from the FPGA RTL code.
  • Pin-to-pin compatibility.
  • Faststream provides QML parts using its Rad Hard 0.5um or 0.35um ASIC libraries and technology.
  • Short cycle time (4-6 weeks from order entry to prototype delivery).
  • Low NRE or no NRE depending on flight production quantity.

FPGA Migration, FPGA to ASIC

FPGA Migration

 

  • When there is no pin-to-pin compatibility
  • When 2 or more FPGAs need to be converted into a single ASIC (multi conversion).
  • When additional features are requested on the original FPGA design.
  • This solution is closer to the development of an ASIC which is based on the design as validated by the customer with the FPGA.

stages of FPGA migration, FPGA to ASIC

Faststream Technologies undergoes the following stages of FPGA migration

 

  • The customer performs the Front-End design using the appropriate libraries in 0.5um, 0.35um, or 0.18um ASIC families.
  • The customer delivers an ASIC net-list, formalized by a Logic Review.
  • Faststream performs the Back-End Design, formalized by a Design Review.
  • The package is selected from Faststream’s preferred package list (all space qualified).
  • Faststream provides QML parts using the selected libraries and technologies.

Our Customer Design Toolkit:

 

  • Gate and cell-based standard cell, compiled memory, IO, and analog IP for synthesis and simulation.
  • Logic rules checkers.
  • Tester rules checkers.
  • All design kits are available via website download.
  • Design-for-test guidelines and requirements.
  • Design kit manuals.

 

FPGA to ASIC Conversion: Benefits

 

  • Pin for pin device conversion-no board re-layout for technically feasible
  • Increased performance or performance margin
  • Significant reduction in power consumption
  • Overall Reduction in device BOM cost
  • Integration of multiple FPGAs into one
  • Smaller Structured ASIC devices and packages
  • Elimination of PROM/EPROM programming part

Features of Our FPGA to ASIC conversion

 

  • Cost reduction for existing FPGA production volumes
  • Automatic design migration to an ASIC
  • Providing a pin for pin FPGA migration to ASIC
  • Integration of multiple FPGAs into one ASIC
  • Extending production support for End of Life FPGAs
  • Optional Conversion
  • RTL handoff
  • FPGA Netlist handoff

FPGA to ASIC Conversion Capabilities

 

  • Microsemi : RH1020, RH1280, RT54SX or RTAXS/SL FPGA designs  Xilinx: XC2, XC3, XC4000S, XC8100, Virtex II, Virtex 4, Virtex 5, Virtex 5QV and Virtex 7 FPGA designs
  • Altera: MAX 5000 and MAX 7000 FPGA designs
  • Honeywell: HX2000, HX3000, and HX5000 gate array designs
  • Legacy LSI: 5K, 10K, 20K gate array designs

FPGA to ASIC Conversion