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Startup Flex Logix aims to score big in a niche chip market

Agam Shah | Feb. 24, 2015
Flex Logix will come out of stealth mode with a new type of FPGA chip to speed up specific applications.

However, even if the company finds customers, the market scope could be limited, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64.

The interest in FPGAs isn't as broad as general CPUs or graphics processors because of the ability to run only specific applications, Brookwood said.

But there are opportunities, Brookwood said. For example, Intel wants to integrate FPGAs in some Xeon server chips for specific applications that may be slow on general-purpose CPUs.

Tate also has some experience licensing technology to customers, though his tenure at Rambus had its share of ups and downs with respect to technology development and licensing, Brookwood said.

Tate wasn't ready to announce customers. But Flex Logix next month is expecting to receive its first test EFLX chip, which will be checked to ensure it meets performance and power specifications.

 

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