PARIS French fabless semiconductor company Menta SAS has introduced a development tool suite that is claimed to create customizable programmable logic architecture.
Menta (Montpellier, France) claimed that, by providing full control over the parameters of the embedded-FPGA structure, eFPGA Creator allows designers to define, build, analyze and validate the target capacity, performance, interconnect density and programming method.
Menta said eFPGA Creator suite accelerates the development of flexible SoCs with the company's customizable embedded-FPGA IP products. Its Graphical User Interface (GUI) assists the designer through the definition of the tile, and core parameters such as capacity, size, aspect ratio and process constraints technology, target performance, target power consumption.
The Generator tool, Menta explained, automatically builds a fully hierarchical and optimized structure, based on fully configured compact tiles. This optimized eFPGA Core IP can be customized to integrate specific hardware accelerators and functions, and designers can select the configuration storage mechanism based on the process and library availability (for example, SRAM, NVRAM or antifuse).
Also, the Analyzer tool aims to help designers fine tune the best architecture parameters (LUT size, routing needs, I/Os…) for the target application, the French company noted.
Menta specified that its eFPGA Creator is suitable for telecommunications, automotive, space and defense applications.
Menta’s programmable logic architecture was originally developed at the LIRMM (Laboratory of Informatics, Microelectronics and Robotics from the University of Montpellier and CNRS).