Introduction Higher mask cost and increasing minimum lot sizes, two economic trends of the semiconductor industry, are making FPGAs increasingly more cost effective compared to the competing ASIC solutions. A new business model enabled by the security capabilities of nonvolatile antifuse and Flash-based FPGAs will also be discussed. Data security: the designer wants to prevent the data being sent to or from the FPGA or ASIC platform from being copied, corrupted, or otherwise interfered with. Figure 1: Classes of Design Security Needs IP security is the primary concern of companies or IP developers whose competitive advantage is derived from their ability to implement the design.

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Whether security fuse is programmed or not Programmed g state of fuse can only y be detected in cross-section? Ground level and airborne applications are affected by radiation too!

Can be corrected with EDAC. Requires device or system-level reload or reset. Improved High Fanout Performance? Superior p Clock management g? Five Family Members Up to 2 million equivalent system gates Built on a 0. Total System Cost? Design Security? Firm-Error Immunity? No antifuses? Fast state machines? Fast counters Fast Connect? One antifuse? Fast wide comb. Typically 2 antifuses? Mixed-voltage support 2.

Long and costly design cycles? Multiple design iterations to meet performance Fastest speed grades often required Advanced expertise in device architecture architecture, tools and complicated design techniques Power consumption constraints Antifuse Product Presentation May 08 56 The Benefit of SX-A:? Performance enhancement F t design Faster d i cycle l and d ti time-to-market t k t Ease of design: no complicated design techniques Lower device power consumption Live at power up and single chip Live-at-power-up Mixed voltage support 2.

No Antifuses? One Antifuse? Fast wide comb comb. Typically yp y 2 Antifuses? Often measured using a Histogram, one of the most straightforward methods used to measure jitter. Mixed 5. Single device - 5V, 3.


FPGAs for mission-critical applications

Rajiv Jain QuickLogic - Leave a Comment Most FPGA technologies fail to address key mission-critical design requirements, but anti-fuse-based architectures succeed, providing essential attributes such as radiation resistance and design security. But for military and aerospace applications, memory-based FPGA technology is known to fall short in addressing several important requirements, including radiation resistance and design security. Anti-fuse FPGA technology successfully addresses these requirements to bring the advantages of programmable logic to mission-critical system design. Many developers understand that mission-critical systems must be designed for reliable operation in extreme environmental conditions, but find that most FPGA technologies are hard-pressed to meet these needs.


Design Security in Nonvolatile Flash and Antifuse FPGAs

In the first module we introduced programmable logic devices in the FPGA. In this module, we will extend our knowledge of FPGA capabilities so that we can choose the right one when working on a design. Designing digital devices is a creative process, much like cooking up a new recipe or painting a new picture. To be proficient, we need to know what ingredients are available to make our new creation. Xilinx, Altera, Microsemi and Lattice all make great programmable logic devices, but none of them will work for every application. Each vendor has their specialities.


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