Power Semiconductors

Intel Expands Programmable Logic Portfolio with eASIC Acquisition

12 July 2018

Intel Corp. has acquired privately-held eASIC, a provider of structured application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), expanding Intel’s programmable logic platform.

The introduction of structured ASICs into Intel’s portfolio will help customers with faster time to market and lower development costs, Intel said. Having structured ASICs will allow Intel to address high-performance and power-constrained applications in market segments such as 4G and 5G, wireless, networking and the internet of things.

Longer term, Intel said it sees an opportunity to architect a new class of programmable chip that takes advantage of Intel’s Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology to combine field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with structured ASICs in a system-in-package solution.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and Intel expects the deal to be completed sometime in the third quarter after customary closing conditions have been met.

“The eASIC team has developed and deployed a truly innovative structured ASIC product,” said Ronnie Vasishta, president and CEO of eASIC. “The marriage of the eASIC technology with IP and capabilities of Intel will allow the ubiquitous deployment of this proven structured ASIC product into a wide breadth of exciting end applications and markets. This is the perfect time to usher in this new chapter for eASIC.”

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