Trenz Electronic Launches FPGA Module Featuring Low-Cost GateMate A1 from Cologne Chip

Trenz Electronic, a trailblazer in FPGA-based solutions, introduces its latest product, an FPGA Module equipped with the cost-effective GateMate A1 from Cologne Chip AG. The module sets a new standard for low-cost programmable logic devices, providing an affordable yet powerful solution for diverse applications. Trenz Electronic can manufacture and assemble different variants in-house.


Key Features:

  • Affordable Innovation: Trenz Electronic’s FPGA Module leverages the low-cost, low-entry GateMate A1 FPGA from Cologne Chip AG.
  • Versatile External Connectivity: With two banks, each featuring 100 pins for external connections, users benefit from a versatile platform to accommodate a wide range of applications.
  • Quad SPI Flash (16 Mbyte): The inclusion of Quad SPI Flash enhances the module’s flexibility, allowing for storage of configuration data and any other data.
  • Level Shifters: Supporting seamless communication, the module features level translators capable of translating signals between 3.3V and 1.8V and vice versa, ensuring compatibility with various peripherals and systems.
  • Clocking: The onboard 25MHz oscillator provides a stable foundation for applications requiring precise timing and synchronization.
  • Diverse I/O and LVDS Configurations:
    • 5 banks with 14 I/Os and 9 LVDS pairs each
    • 1 bank with 12 I/Os and 6 LVDS pairs
    • 1 bank with 14 I/Os and 6 LVDS pairs

Open-Source Design Flow:

Aligned with Trenz Electronic’s commitment to open-source, the FPGA Module supports an open-source design flow. This empowers users to customize and optimize their designs for maximum efficiency and innovation.

Cologne Chip AG:

Cologne Chip was founded in 1995 and became the leading provider of ISDN IC solutions. With this knowledge, they announced their innovative, low-cost, low-power and user-friendly Gatemate FPGA family in 2020. Their Goal is to offer a “Made in Germany” competitive FPGA solution.

Gatemate FPGA Family:

The GateMate FPGA family addresses all application requirements of small to medium size FPGAs. Logic capacity, power consumption, package size, and PCB compatibility are best in class and yet available at a low cost of ownership. Cologne Chip AG hence drives FPGA usage towards many applications that previously used discrete or software-programmable solutions. All this is based on a novel FPGA architecture combining CPE programmable elements with a smart routing engine. The devices are manufactured using the Globalfoundries™ 28 nm SLP (Super Low Power) process. Due to manufacturing in Europe, there is no danger of trade restrictions or high taxation.