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Our Quantum™ architecture has the following goals:

  • To be the leading programmable technology delivering the best power, performance, and area (form factor) for silicon products
  • To be the most flexible programmable technology tailored for compute-intensive applications including compute acceleration, machine learning, and deep learning.

The basic building block of the Quantum technology is the eXchangeable Logic and Routing (XLR) cell. An XLR cell can function as either a LUT-based logic cell or a routing switch encoded with a scalable, flexible routing structure. This innovation improves the active area utilization by 4X compared to traditional FPGAs, resulting in up to 4X area efficiency and a 2X power advantage. The power, performance, and area advantage is scalable by logic density.

Traditional vs. Quantum

  • Coarse grained vs fine grained
  • No interface overhead
  • Configurable routing and logic
  • Adaptive interconnect
  • Hybrid place and route algorithms
  • All CMOS pass gates
  • Standard silicon recipes

Traditional FPGA

Quantum Advantages

  • 2X to 4X area reduction
  • 2X power reduction
  • 7 layers of metal
  • Scalable to 1M+ LEs
  • Configurable wide data bus
  • Configurable pipeline datapath
  • Silicon process agnostic

Quantum Architecture

Tailored for Advanced Silicon Process Integration

The competitive Quantum technology only requires 7 metal layers, a significant reduction compared to traditional FPGAs that have 10 to 14 layers. Fewer metal layers translate to a better cost structure, and makes it easier to integrate Quantum cores onto advanced silicon processes. This silicon process agnostic advantage enables future Trion® edge AI processors and Quantum ASICs on various advanced processes.

Comparing Metal Layers

Comparing Metal Layers in EPA and FPGA