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FPGA Graveyard

3:55 PM -- Cswitch Corp. is seeking a buyer, as EE Times reported back on July 3.

This was the startup founded by former Transmeta executive Doug Laird to do a hybrid device combining the qualities of an ASIC and a field programmable gate array (FPGA). The story of its creation and funding (at least $41 million) traced the classic arc of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs trying to find a problem worth building a company around. (See How Cswitch Got Programmed.)

Cswitch is among the latest in a long line of startups trying to do programmable chips -- FPGAs or PLDs (programmable logic devices). The July 13 print edition of EE Times features a chart of the contenders, 58 in all.

That includes the survivors -- especially Actel Corp. , Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR), Lattice Communications LLC , and Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) -- as well as some very old entries from the likes of National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) and Signetics. Divisions of big companies like (pre-breakup) AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) are included, too.

And then there are all the startups -- including, amazingly, five current ones: Abound Logic Inc., Achronix Semiconductor Corp., SiliconBlue Technologies Corp., Tabula Inc., and Tier Logic. The last two are in stealth mode, and Tabula, for one, has raised $74 million.

Obviously someone still believes in FPGA startups. I'm not sure I like the odds there, but more power to 'em for trying.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

AutoDog 12/5/2012 | 3:59:25 PM
re: FPGA Graveyard

>> Obviously someone still believes in FPGA startups. I'm not sure I like the odds


>> there, but more power to 'em for trying."



This reminds me of an old E*Trade billboard on 101 that said:


"Someone's going to win the lottery... It just isn't going to be you."


 


Apparently the VCs/management of the current crop of FPGA startups didn't see it.


 


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