QuickLogic Announces Open Reconfigurable Computing Initiative

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

June 16, 2020


QuickLogic Open Reconfigurable Computing (QORC) initiative broadens access to company's FPGA technology and eFPGA IP for all embedded systems developers .

QuickLogic Corporation announced its QuickLogic Open Reconfigurable Computing (QORC) initiative. According to the company, this makes QuickLogic the first programmable logic vendor to actively embrace a fully open source suite of development tools for its FPGA devices and eFPGA technology.

This initiative highlights open source tooling, broadens access to the company's products, and enables both hardware and software developers with tools supported by both the user community and QuickLogic.

The company's initial open source development tools, developed by Antmicro in collaboration with QuickLogic and Google, include complete support for its EOS S3 low power voice and sensor processing MCU with embedded FPGA, and its PolarPro 3E discrete FPGA family. Support for additional QuickLogic products, including QuickAI and support for its eFPGA IP offering will be added over the next few months.

EOS S3 Open Source Development Tools:

  • FPGA Development Flow: SymbiFlow - Open source tools for the optimization and automation of the FPGA design flow, from Verilog to bitstream generation. These tools enable FPGAs to be more accessible to a broader community.
  • SoC Emulation: Renode - Antmicro's Renode is an open source simulation framework for rapid prototyping, development, and testing of multi-node systems. Utilizing Renode gives developers the flexibility to evaluate multiple development board applications.
  • Zephyr Real Time Operating System (RTOS) - The Zephyr RTOS is an open source, vendor-neutral, compact, real-time operating system running on the ArmCortex-M4F for connected, resource-constrained, and embedded devices in applications that require security and safety.
  • QuickFeather Development Kit - A small form factor, 100% open source hardware development kit ideal for the next generation of low-power Machine Learning (ML) capable IoT devices.

SymbiFlow FPGA, Renode SoC Emulation, and Zephyr RTOS support are available now for QuickLogic's EOS S3 voice and sensor processing platform and PolarPro 3E FPGA products, as well as the new QuickFeather Development Kit. Support for QuickLogic's embedded FPGA technology will be added later this year.

For more information, visit: www.quicklogic.com/QORC

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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