Semico Research Corp. has included MathStar’s (Nasdaq: MATH) Arrix family of field programmable object array (FPOA) semiconductor devices in a new category of products called field programmable computing arrays (FPCAs). A new Semico report, “The Market for Field Programmable Computing Arrays,” details the FPCA category, which includes MathStar and other early entrants and describes a $1.9 billion market for the category by 2010. The report is available for $3995.
The report highlights some of the large opportunities that MathStar is pursuing where traditional solutions such as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs) do not meet all of the customer requirements. According to Semico, MathStar’s Arrix family of FPOAs, with operating speeds up to 1 GHz, are positioned for the FPCA market.
Like other programmable logic devices, FPCAs are programmable and reconfigurable. However, FPCAs are differentiated from devices such FPGAs by a combination of very high performance, a coarse grained architecture, and a unique approach to interconnecting the computing elements to enable high performance, low cost, and low power consumption. These attributes are fundamental to enabling growth in markets such as broadcast video and wireless networks.