Achronix Semiconductor is an American fabless semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California with an additional R&D facility in Bangalore, India,[2][3] and an additional sales office in Shenzhen, China.[4] Achronix is a diversified fabless semiconductor company that sells FPGA products, embedded FPGA (eFPGA) products, system-level products and supporting design tools. Achronix was founded in 2004 in Ithaca, New York based on technology licensed from Cornell University.[5] In 2006, Achronix moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley.[6][7]

Achronix
TypePrivate
IndustrySemiconductors
Founded2004; 19 years ago (2004) in Ithaca, New York, U.S.
Founders
  • Clinton Kelly
  • John Lofton Holt
  • Virantha Ekanayake
  • Rajit Manohar[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
Robert Blake (CEO)
Virantha Ekanayake (CTO)
ProductsFPGA, eFPGA IP
Revenue>$100M/year
Number of employees
<200
Websitewww.achronix.com

Achronix was originally self-funded by several million dollars of founder's capital. Since 2006, Achronix has been funded by a combination of Venture capital funding, private equity funding and debt from traditional lenders.[8] Since Achronix is a private company, the total amount of capital raised to date has not been disclosed, but the total amount of capital raised is thought to be in the $180M-$200M range. Achronix achieved profitability in 2016 and reportedly achieved sales of over $100M YTD in 2017, making it one of the highest growth semiconductor companies globally.[9]

In July 2021 Achronix cancelled its plans to go public through a merger with a special acquisition (SPAC) company ACE Convergence Acquisition Corp due to regulatory approval difficulties. The proposed transaction valued the company at $2.1bn.[10]

ProductsEdit

  • Speedster7t FPGAs - Standalone FPGA devices built on TSMC 7 nm FinFET technology. It includes a 2D Network-on-Chip (NoC), GDDR6 memory interfaces, up to 72 transceivers operating at 1-112Gbit/s, 400G Ethernet MACs, PCIe Gen5 controllers and up to 1,760 machine learning processors (MLP) for mathematical operations with variable precision number formats.[11]
  • Speedcore eFPGAs - Embedded FPGA IP that is integrated into a SoC or ASIC device. It consists of customer defined amounts of reconfigurable logic blocks, logic and block RAM, DSP blocks and Machine Learning Process (MLP) blocks.[12] Speedcore is supported in TSMC 16FF+, TSMC 7 nm FinFET and TSMC 12FFC is under development.[13]
  • VectorPath Accelerator Cards - PCIe card which is based on the Speedster7t FPGA family. This card includes 400G and 200G network interfaces, 8 GDDR6 memories, and additional expansion ports for custom connectivity.[14]
  • ACE - FPGA development tools which are used to design for all of Achronix's FPGA and eFPGA devices.[15][16]

Awards and recognitionEdit

In August 2018, Achronix was recognized by CIOReview Magazine as one of 20 of the 2018 Most Promising High-Performance Compute Solution Providers.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ramaswamy, Shankaranarayanan; et al. (2009). "A radiation hardened reconfigurable FPGA" (PDF). IEEE Aerospace conference: 9–10. doi:10.1109/AERO.2009.4839506.
  2. ^ "Achronix and Signoff Semiconductors Partner for AI/ML FPGA and eFPGA IP Design Services". edacafe.com. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  3. ^ "Achronix SPAC Merger? 6 Things to Know About the Semiconductor Play Ahead of Any ACE Deal". investorplace.com. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  4. ^ "Achronix's Speedcore eFPGA Devices to be Highlighted at TSMC 2018 North America, China Technology Events in May". design-reuse.com. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  5. ^ "EE Times updates list of emerging startups". eetimes.com. Retrieved 2021-12-27.
  6. ^ Nenni, Daniel. "In Their Own Words: Achronix". Semiwiki. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  7. ^ "Achronix Grew 700% Last Year...eFPGA is a Thing". community.cadence.com. Retrieved 2021-12-27.
  8. ^ "ACEV And Achronix Offer Fairly Priced Upside To The Red Hot Semi Market". seekingalpha.com. Retrieved 2021-12-27.
  9. ^ "EFPGA out-growing FPGA at Achronix as revenues soar 700%". 14 June 2017.
  10. ^ Achronix press release, 12 July 2021
  11. ^ says, TotallyLost (2019-05-21). "Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGAs". EEJournal. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  12. ^ "Achronix – Setting the industry standard for performance, power, and cost leadership". thesiliconreview.com. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  13. ^ "Achronix Accelerates eFPGA". EEJournal. 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  14. ^ "Achronix and BittWare Accelerate Your Socks Off!". EEJournal. 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  15. ^ "ACE". Achronix Semiconductor Corp. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  16. ^ "How to Design SmartNICs Using FPGAs to Increase Server Compute Capacity". design-reuse.com. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  17. ^ "Top 20 HPC Companies - 20 18". high-performance-computing.cioreview.com. Retrieved 2020-03-19.

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