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Faraday's FPGA-Go-ASIC service is introduced to meet the requirements of lower BOM cost, lower power consumption, performance enhancement, higher integration for miniaturization, and long-term supply commitments, as well as a strategic response to FPGA End-of-Life (EOL) events. The service integrates an FPGA design or multiple chips/ components into a single ASIC or SoC, while maintaining the original design fidelity. Faraday has successfully implemented several FPGA-to-ASIC conversion projects including the applications of industrial motor control, AI, water meters, digital billboards, POS terminals, and portable medical devices.

 

 

Benefits from FPGA-to-ASIC conversion

  • Production
    • Long-term supply commitment
    • Seamless transfer
  • Performance
    • Feature improvement
    • Private design security
    • Footprint size shrink
  • Power
    • 15%-25% power consumption reduction
  • Price
    • NRE saving by implementation with 40/28nm process
    • 50%-90% BOM cost reduction
    • Multiple FPGAs and ASSP into one ASIC

 

Key value of FPGA-Go-ASIC service

  • Architect design
    • System architecture plan
    • Process node evaluation
    • IP and package selection
  • Abundant IP solutions
    • Fundamental IP (PLL, RAM, IO)
    • Analog IP (AD/DA, SerDes, DDR, PCIe, USB, etc.)
    • Digital IP (ARM, RISC-V, DSP, system peripherals)
  • Customization
    • To optimize design without redundant circuits
    • To achieve competent performance at legacy process
    • To integrate multiple chip components for better BOM cost
  • BCP (Business Continuity Planning)
    • Capacity management
    • Risk management
    • Production quality assurance

 

Phase Stage Collaboration model
Customer
Faraday
Design Phase Customer's FPGA solution Customer FPGA solution and market proven  
ASIC frot-end Design HDL design translation from FPGA to ASIC
ASIC architecture evaluation: CPU, Bus, IP
IP selection, configuration, customization
SoC integration  
SoC simulation, verification
FPGA Prototyping FPGA hardware prototyping verification on Faraday’s prototyping platform
Software framework (OS, driver) porting  
Application software function design  
ASIC Back-end Design Physical implementation  
Post-layout, physical verification  
Package design and testing  
Engineering Sample Phase Engineering Sample Verification PCB spec. defining  
PCB system implementation
ASIC engineering sample verification
Application software and software Framework porting  
Complete hardware and software system verification
◪ It varies according to project conditions.

 

Success cases

5G Wireless +

5G Wireless

  • ASIC process node: 28nm
  • ASIC gate count: >10M
  • Integrated IP:
    • ARM Cortax-A5
    • 12.5G SerDes
    • DDR3 PHY
    • LVDS Tx/Rx
  • Benefits from FPGA-Go-ASIC service
    • Mixed-signal IP porting with keeping same spec.
    • BOM cost reduction: 90%
    • Power consumption reduction: 70%

Smart Grid +

Smart Grid

  • ASIC process node: 55nm
  • ASIC gate count: >500K
  • Integrated IP:
    • ARM v5 CPU FA616
    • USB 2.0
    • 12bit ADC
    • PLL
  • Benefits from FPGA-Go-ASIC service
    • Mixed-signal IP porting
    • EMI optimization for industrial level

Audio Instrument +

Audio Instrument

  • ASIC process node: 22nm
  • ASIC gate count: >20M
  • Integrated IP:
    • RISC-V CPU 1GHz
    • USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
    • LVDS Tx/Rx PHY
    • eFPGA
  • Benefits from FPGA-Go-ASIC service
    • Mixed-signal IP porting with the same spec. and floorplan location
    • Power consumption optimization by multi-power domain design

Industrial +

Industrial

  • ASIC process node: 0.3um
  • ASIC gate count: >10K
  • Benefits from FPGA-Go-ASIC service
    • Low DPPM service for mass-production yield management
    • Lead-time: 3 months from kick-off to engineering sample
    • BOM cost reduction: 50%
    • Power consumption reduction: 50%

Customer Feedback +

Customer Feedback

 

“Faraday technology has enabled EchoNous to provide clinicians around the world with previously unavailable ultrasound image quality and diagnostic options in a highly portable and low cost device.”

“The Faraday FPGA-to-ASIC path enables rapid product development and contributes greatly to first pass ASIC success.”

- Todd Willsie, VP of Hardware and Ultrasound Engineering at EchoNous

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