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02 November 2022 | Products

Unique expertise:
FPGA Drop-in Replacement

As the industry keeps struggling with component shortages on just about every level, the shortage of electrical components is a significant problem for many companies.
Synective Labs, a Recab company, offer you a suitable replacement FPGA for any given design.

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Shortage of electrical components is a significant problem for many companies
As the industry keeps struggling with component shortages on just about every level, the shortage of electrical components is a significant problem for many companies. 

In particular, we see a trend in the field of  FPGAs, where the major vendor’s last-generation FPGAs are now typically difficult or even impossible to purchase. Lead-times for new orders may be 12 months or more and prices at distributors have risen to up to 100 times the normal prices in some cases.

This has led to a trend of saving lead-time and sometimes money by replacing these hard-to-find FPGAs with newer FPGAs from other vendors who can deliver the parts on time and at a lower price. But this requires a usually non-trivial effort to migrate the FPGA design to the new target and in most cases also a new hardware spin to accommodate the new FPGA footprint.

Synective Labs offers a unique expertise within the FPGA.
As a leading expert in FPGA-systems, Synective Labs, a Recab company, have unique expertise and experience working with just about every tool chain and FPGA vendor in the industry. This includes partnerships with AMD/Xilinx, Intel/Altera and Achronix as well as experience working with Lattice, MicroSemi and Efinix. 

We can therefore quickly recommend a suitable replacement FPGA for any given  design and help the customer find the fastest way to migrate to the new part. 

We also offer our services performing the design migration, taking the old and new target FPGA’s unique features into account for an optimal solution. Finally, we can also help updating schematics to assure proper operation in terms of power, booting, clocking, reset and I/Os etc. as well as performing initial bring-up of the updated hardware in the lab.

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Challenge for the Synective Labs team
In a recent project, one of our customers had the need to replace a 45nm hard-to-buy FPGA in a 7-year-old design. As the customer’s hardware had gone through some rather extensive qualification process, it would have been very time-consuming to re-design the PCB and re-qualify the hardware. Instead, Synective Labs helped the customer replace the older FPGA with a new FPGA mounted on an interposer-card which acted as an adapter between the new and the old FPGA footprint. This means the customer got a drop-in replacement component without having to re-design any other hardware or do any re-qualification which saved time and money. 

Synective Lab’s experts were able to migrate the vendor-specific elements such as memory blocks, PLLs, clock networks, I/O-buffers and boot-structure to the new FPGA’s counterparts and re-target the design. The Interposer assembly was then used as a drop-in replacement for the old FPGA in the existing product without any changes to the main PCB or the firmware.

Benefits for the customer
The benefits of this approach to the customer were in summary:
  Manageable lead times of FPGA component
 Reduced price for purchasing the FPGAs
  No need for re-qualification of product
⇒  No need for any major firmware or software update
 Better power and thermal management due to newer FPGA technology

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About Synective Labs – The FPGA Experts
Synective Labs is specializing in FPGA technology and FPGA based solutions with focus on high performance systems. Our offerings range from development of complete systems to assisting in our customers’ development process, helping them to design better products. We operate in a wide range of technology fields like Automotive, Telecommunication and Image Processing where we have long experience and specific domain knowledge. www.synectivelabs.se

Jai: Go Series 8.1 MP
UV area scan camera

Quantum efficiency at 200 nm is above 25% and is between
40-50% for nearly all of the UVA and UVB range.
Especially suitable for Electronics & corona inspection, Medical/Dermatology, Semiconductors, Pharmaceuticals & Security printing inspection.

Read More »
Unique expertise:
FPGA Drop-in Replacement

As the industry keeps struggling with component shortages on just about every level, the shortage of electrical components is a significant problem for many companies.
Synective Labs, a Recab company, offer you a suitable replacement FPGA for any given design.

Read More »