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Renesas is releasing new FPGAs via Dialog Semiconductor that they've acquired some time ago.

Here is a press release https://www.renesas.com/us/en/about/press-room/renesas-enters-fpga-market-first-ultra-low-power-low-cost-family-addressing-low-density-high-volume

--- Quote ---The ForgeFPGA Family will serve applications that require less than 5,000 gates of logic, with initial device sizes of 1K and 2K Look Up Tables (LUTs). Standby power of less than 20 microamps is projected for the first devices, about half the power of competing devices. Users will be able to download the development software at no cost and with no license fees. The software offers two development modes to accommodate both new and experienced FPGA developers: a “macrocell mode” that uses a schematic capture-based development flow, and an “HDL” mode that provides a familiar Verilog environment for FPGA veterans.

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--- Quote ---Key Features of the ForgeFPGA Family
* Very low power as low as 20 microamps standby
* Very low price in volume of well under US$ 0.50
* Free, downloadable software with no license fees that includes both schematic capture and HDL modes
* Proven ability to deliver very high volumes
* Renesas is preparing to offer multiple Winning Combinations featuring the new ForgeFPGA devices with complementary MCU, analog, power and timing devices. Winning Combinations provide an easy to use architecture, simplifying the design process and significantly reducing design risk for customers in a wide variety of applications.

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--- Quote ---ForgeFPGA engineering samples are available now, along with beta design software and a prototype development kit. The first ForgeFPGA device, the 1K LUT offering, is expected to be available in production quantities in Q2 2022. Interested designers can visit https://www.dialog-semiconductor.com/products/greenpak/low-power-low-cost-forgefpga to find out more.

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I wonder if they plan to make them easily accessible to general public. Neither Dialog or Renesas were particularly hobby-friendly.

They could "compete" with the Lattice iCE40 series for instance (more precisely, iCE40 LP.)
Curious to see more.

It all really depends on the availability of tools and documentation to common public. Lattice is very good in this respect.

But "Winning Combinations" suggest that marketing team was heavily involved, so in reality things may not be as great as described.

or vhdl
or nothing

Cool. Download the latest toolchain to start developing with the FPGA. Have emailed our local rep @ factory for more details. Unless protected under NDA, will share the details once received.

See attached from the latest tool just downloaded.


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