QuickLogic and YorChip to develop low cost UCIe FPGA chiplets

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QuickLogic, a developer of embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP, ruggedised FPGAs and Endpoint AI/ML solutions, and YorChip, a start-up specialising in UCIe-compatible IP, have formed a strategic partnership to further develop FPGA chiplets.

According to the companies the collaboration will produce a line-up of FPGA chiplets optimised for low power consumption and low cost, opening up new possibilities for a wide range of applications, including the fast-growing edge IoT and AI/ML markets.

According to Yole Group, a market research company, by 2023, they expect chiplet adoption will lead to a TAM of chiplet-based integrated circuits in excess of $200bn, across the consumer, automotive defence, aerospace, industrial, and medical markets.

Since discrete FPGAs are already prevalent in those same markets, wide adoption of eFPGA-based UCIe (Unified Chiplet Interconnect Express) enabled chiplets is expected, and QuickLogic and YorChip are looking to capitalise on this growth opportunity.

The partnership leverages QuickLogic's eFPGA IP technology to create the first UCIe-compatible FPGA chiplet ecosystem. This ecosystem will enable customers to connect any UCIe-compatible third-party chiplet, such as a CPU or AI/ML chip, to create a customised system. The ecosystem is also suitable for interoperability testing and joint promotion.

Customers who wish to go full SoC will still be able to license QuickLogic's eFPGA and YorChip’s UCIe IP and use chiplets to prototype and do early market production. This additional flexibility differentiates QuickLogic and YorChip from traditional IP or discrete FPGA vendors, who typically only support a single business model.

"Our partnership with QuickLogic is a giant leap for FPGA technology. Together, we're delivering a groundbreaking lineup of low-power, cost-effective FPGA chiplets that will revolutionise the way designers design and build systems," said Kash Johal, Founder at YorChip.

UCIe is supported by AMD, Arm, Google Cloud, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and TSMC making it the preferred interconnect standard. This partnership strategically aligns with the growing trend towards open standards for chiplets, and is seen as making YorChip and QuickLogic key players in shaping the future of FPGA and SoC technology.