QuickLogic to Provide Semiconductor Cores to DARPA to Support Commercial IP-Based Tech Development


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has partnered with QuickLogic to designate the company as the agency's supplier of customizable Field-Programmable Gate Array Intellectual Property cores to support technology development using commercial IP.

The San Jose, California-based semiconductor and system-on-chips manufacturer said Monday it will provide embedded FPGA IP and associated open-source tools as part of the DARPA Toolbox program, which is aimed at providing access to commercial IP under legal open-licensing terms to streamline capability transitions.

QuickLogic's FPGA tools enable users to leverage functionalities that are unavailable in commercial off-the-shelf products. As part of the agreement, DARPA's researchers will get access to QuickLogic eFPGA IP cores and open-source development tools.

Brian Faith, president and CEO of QuickLogic, said the partnership will allow DARPA researchers to leverage the company's expertise in FPGA and eFPGA concepts across multiple process nodes and foundries.

He added that QuickLogic has been providing technologies to support the production of mission-critical systems for over three decades.

QuickLogic's eFPGA cores span approximately 1 million lookup tables while the FPGA tools enable defense contractors to have complete toolchain visibility through an open-source framework, according to the company.

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