Intel to Acquire eASIC to Enhance Programmable Solutions

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Intel plans to expand its portfolio to include structured ASICs and benefit market segments including 4G, 5G wireless and IoT

Aiming at an expansion in programmable solutions portfolio, Intel has announced its acquisition of eASIC.The acquisition can help Intel include structured (application-specific integrated circuit) ASICs to enhance its provision of programmable solutions.

Proposed intention

The acquisition will make eASIC a part of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. This addition can help the company meet its customers’ diverse needs of time-to-market, features, performance, cost, power and product life cycles.

The company suggested that the combination will help the two parties leverage their technologies and provide the customers with more choice and improvements in time-to-market and development costs.

Future prospects

The inclusion of structured ASICs can aid the company’s programming solutions that address  power-constrained applications that customers are challenged with in market segments like 4G and 5G wireless, networking and IoT.

It can also provide automated conversion process from FPGAs (including competing FPGAs) to structured ASICs. The acquisition is likely to be completed in the third quarter of 2018.

Looking at long-term goals, the acquisition proposes an opportunity to architect a class of programmable chip that combines the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology and FPGAs with structured ASICs in a system to create a package solution.

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