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3PLD dev't wins IET Innovation in Engineering award

Posted: 08 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3D Programmable Logic Devices  2010 Innovation in Engineering Awards 

Privately held fabless semiconductor company Tabula Inc. wins the Start-up category in the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) 2010 Innovation in Engineering Awards for the development of 3D Programmable Logic Devices.

The winners of the 2010 Innovation Awards, selected from almost 400 entries, were announced at a ceremony held in London, on November 24. Tabula reported judges saying, "Tabula was awarded Start-up of the year for their impressive 3D Programmable Logic Devices. The company's innovation produces a new breed of programmable logic which promises to deliver performance through significantly reduced costs."

Introduced in March 2010, Tabula's ABAX product family of 3PLDs is based on its remarkable Spacetime technology that has been granted over 100 patents. A Spacetime-based device reconfigures on the fly at multi-GHz rates, processing each portion of a design in an automatically defined sequence, thereby producing a 3D device with multiple layers wherein computation and signal transmission can take place. Manufactured using TSMC's 40nm process, the ABAX family merges the flexibility and shorter time-to-market of an FPGA with ASIC capacity, at price points compatible for volume production.

Tabula claimed that upon comparison with competing FPGA products, ABAX 3PLD devices allow optimisation by offering 2.5x logic density, 2x memory capacity, 3x memory throughput, and 4x signal processing throughput.

Meanwhile, CEO of Tabula, Dennis Segers responds, "This prestigious award is a testament to the achievements of our team and partners in commercializing our groundbreaking Spacetime architecture with the introduction of our ABAX family of 3D programmable logic devices. We extend our sincere gratitude to the judges of the 2010 IET Innovation Award event."

The IET Innovation Awards distinguishes the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation. Currently having 15 categories, the Awards are judged by engineering experts and recognise the depth and breadth of innovative work implemented across all areas of engineering and technology.

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