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FFSA™

FFSA™ is an innovative custom SoC development platform that presents metal configurable standard cell logic gates, SRAM, high-speed SerDes protocols and input/output buffers capable of meeting the needs of diverse customers.

Toshiba FFSA™ Overview

FFSA™ structure

The upper metal layers are reserved for customization, while the other layers are common to all customers . This enables a proportion of the device masks to be prepared in advance, thus reducing both development and production time, and allows the largest part of the overall cost to be shared among many different customizations, resulting in much lower NRE than for individual ASIC development.
By using ASIC development methodology and a cell library, its performance and power consumption level are nearly equivalent to those of ASIC.
Moreover, with customization limited to only a few metal layers, turnaround time of sample manufacturing and mass production can be shorter than for ASIC.

FFSA™ structure

Performance

FFSA™ can perform with more than double the frequency (SRAM) compared with the same process node FPGA.

Performance

Power consumption

FFSA™ can achieve 5 times the power efficiency compared with FPGA one process node ahead.

Power consumption

*The result varies depending on design and conditions.

Lineup

We have multiple masterslices with multiprotocol high-speed SerDes for each process and propose the optimal masterslice to meet the customer’s requirement.

Process Technology SerDes (Transceiver) Gate Count (Max) SRAM (Max) I/O (Max)
Speed (Max) Lane (Max)
40nm 12.5Gbps 32 25Mgate 27Mbit 720
28nm 12.5/28Gbps 40 46Mgate 88Mbit 792

FFSA™ technology IP application

FFSA™ metal configurable technology is applicable as an IP for ASIC development.
This means customers are able to develop their own original masterslices with a mix of highly optimized ASIC blocks and metal configurable FFSA™ blocks, and reuse the original masterslices to develop variants only with the change of metal layers, resulting in total NRE reduction and flexible ASIC-style implementation.

FFSA™ technology IP application

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