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eASIC is a fabless semiconductor company offering breakthrough NEW ASIC devices aimed at dramatically reducing the overall cost and time-to-production of customized semiconductor devices. Low-cost, high-performance and fast-turn ASIC and System-on-Chip designs are enabled through patented technology utilizing Via-layer customizable routing. This innovative fabric allows eASIC to offer a new generation of ASICs with significantly lower up-front costs than traditional ASICs.

  • editor's comments:- February 2013 - eASIC offers a semiconductor solution that suits test marketing of high performance digital functions which the company says delivers better power consumption than FPGAs - and smoother market transition to the volumes of an ASIC design later.

    Among other things eASIC's IP includes a NAND flash memory controller core
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eASIC to be acquired by Intel
Editor:- July 12, 2018 - eASIC has agreed to be acquired by Intel - it was announced today.

Editor's comments:- For Intel this will strengthen and lengthen its architectural chip supply engagements with customers who are looking for customizable extensions to their data processing chip sets and who are at the stage where they have a proven proprietary concept which they want to use in an energy and performance footprint which is better than the FPGA implementations enabled by products like those from Intel's earlier acquisition Altera.

In Intel's earlier history (1970s to 1980s) its chipsets which supported common functions around its processors helped the company remain at the center of design and architecture decisions made by its systems customers. But because the company's PC and standard server business was so successful it decided that it didn't want to get involved with idiosyncratic customized consumer platforms - a strategy which lost it the mobile phone and tablet markets.

(Intel had dabbled in the server grade ASIC and gate array markets in the late 1980s when it gained access to IBM's custom IP. That experience - which was judged to be a failure - showed that the custom business was more competitive and more difficult for Intel than the safer option of extending markets for its own standard processors.)

Today the biggest users of processors and memory are cloud scale companies which are all (already or soon) designing custom accelerators and useful chips sets to improve the effectiveness of their infrastructures. FPGAs, customizable controllers and ASICs are all part of that product mix. IP solutions like those from eASIC can be useful in applications where the volumes and changeability of designs make ASIC too slow to market and expensive - but the energy footprint and memoryfication requirements make FPGAs a less than optimal fit for large volumes.

This acquisition will give Intel greater visibility and flexible capability in the next wave of application specific memory and processor enhancers.
Seagate invests in eASIC
Editor:- August 5, 2013 - eASIC today announced it has got a strategic investment from Seagate.

eASIC has demonstrated innovative custom silicon technology with our... solid state hybrid drives said Rocky Pimentel, chief sales and marketing officer at Seagate. eASICs ability to quickly develop custom solutions while meeting stringent cost, power and performance requirements will enable us to rapidly improve our product position in both SSD and SSHDs.
Violin migrates controller implementations to eASIC
Editor:- February 27, 2013 - Violin has selected ASICs from eASIC's Nextreme-2T range to replace high density FPGAs and implement fast flash controller functions more efficiently within its 6000 series SSD rackmounts it was announced today.

"There is tremendous innovation going on in the enterprise storage market and we are thrilled to be working with Violin, one of the fastest growing leaders in this space," said Ronnie Vasishta, President and CEO, eASIC.

"OEMs need to continuously innovate and quickly ramp to volume production. We are starting to see a tipping point where FPGAs cannot be used in mission critical, power sensitive, volume applications and the ASIC alternatives do not meet the requirements. Traditional cell-based ASICs just take too long to design and ASSPs have limited flexibility for the NAND FLASH interface."
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