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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-12
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New place and route algorithms for large FPGAs

The nextpnr-large project focuses on enhancing digital circuit design for large Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), which are complex chips used in everything from consumer electronics to mobile phone base stations to cameras to AI accelerators to internet backbone infrastructure to advanced computing systems. Traditionally, designing these chips has been a highly specialized and time-consuming task, due to the complexity and computational demands of arranging and determining efficient wiring between the millions of tiny logic blocks they contain. However, thanks to the CTU in Prague and openXC7 project's collaboration with NLnet, the open-source tool nextpnr is being expanded to tackle larger, more advanced FPGAs. This development means that the process of designing circuits for these high-capacity chips will become more accessible and efficient, potentially leading to faster, more energy-efficient electronic devices. By researching and implementing new algorithms, the project aims to make it easier and quicker to design circuits that run cooler, faster, and more reliably, bringing the benefits of the latest technology to a broader audience and fostering innovation in numerous tech-driven sectors.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.