Intel is taking over company for cheap asics




Intel has acquired eASIC, an American manufacturer of so-called structured asics . Intel wants to use the company’s technology to combine its own fpga’s with the asics on a single one .

The company from Santa Clara eASIC will be part of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group and the acquisition must be completed in the third quarter. According to Intel, the structured asics take a place between fpgas and ordinary asics. They could be developed and deployed quickly and cheaply, just like FPGAs, but with the benefits in terms of consumption and speed of asics.

Intel already has fpga’s in its range, since the acquisition of Altera in 2015. Fpga’s, or field programmable gate arrays are configurable chips that are flexible and that companies can deploy quickly. Technology companies are increasingly using fpgas, for applications with many I / O, among others. Asics, or application specific integrated circuit, are focused on a single task and therefore less flexible, but because they are optimized for certain calculations, they can be more economical and faster.

Intel hopes that customers who initially opt for fpga’s can offer a follow-up offer so that they can use structured asics at a later stage. The company also wants to use its embedded multi-die interconnect bridge, or emib , to connect fpgas and asics to a single one.



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