AMD Fails to Impress

Hierofalcon Processor Does Pretty Much What It’s Supposed To

by Jim Turley

I really wanted to like this chip. But then I talked to the manufacturer.

Let me explain. Your humble servants here at Electronic Engineering Journal talk to a lot of people at a lot of different companies. That’s what we do. The vendors tell us about their whizzy new chip, or new software, or new business venture, or whatever. We listen politely at first, knowing that the vendor will – quite rightly – present the product in its best possible light. That’s their job.

Now, if we were working for some other publications or online journals I could name, we’d just print whatever the vendor told us. “New chip promises to revolutionize Internet of Things!” or “Software update is a game-changer!” or “Company reveals new product and you’ll never guess what happens next!” We’ve all seen those types of breathless (and brainless) headlines. But here at EEJ we like to do a little better. That’s our job.  Read More

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Cadence and ARM Expand System-on-Chip Design Collaboration with New Multi-Year Technology Access Agreement

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September 26, 2014

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Expanding EDA

Posted on 10/01/14 at 10:32 AM by bmoyer

Fortunately, I chose a suitably imprecise measure by conjuring up "legions." So I can safely say "yes." smiling

Max 10 Kills the CPLD

Posted on 10/01/14 at 9:28 AM by kevin

Ouch! Marketing filter... I am shamed. I thought I was a little snarky even, a couple of places. In my defense, the dead CPLD part was completely original. I have always thought it funny that there is a whole class of FPGAs that we still pretend are CPLDs…

Max 10 Kills the CPLD

Posted on 10/01/14 at 3:12 AM by juergenuk

@Steve DevKits are mostly subsidized, so does not count. I meant designed in, product cost, how does it compare Altera - Lattice - Microsemi - Xilinx imlementation ( sorry if I forgot some ). I know there are many variants - any example/volume appreciat…

Expanding EDA

Posted on 09/30/14 at 10:10 PM by Kev

Given that the EDA guys are a rather non-"Agile" bunch I'm not sure they're going to get much done.

Personally I think you can re-apply a lot of EDA tools aimed at hardware design at parallel software design. Parallel stuff is hard to debug, so formal …

Max 10 Kills the CPLD

Posted on 09/30/14 at 11:38 AM by SteveCasselman

@juergenuk You can buy a development board with the largest part for $50. The smallest part is 25 times smaller and yet is still large enough to fit a NIOS processor and 16 DSP units plus logic left over.

Max 10 Kills the CPLD

Posted on 09/30/14 at 11:10 AM by juergenuk

I am missing where this new Altera series fits price wise. Lattice never went to the biggest - but instead a market not so much served by A and X. I have been selling against A and X - or more positively, finding the right niches for Lattice.
So Lattice …

Expanding EDA

Posted on 09/29/14 at 9:57 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about the cycles of EDA and EDA's expanding scope?

Who Controls the Power?

Posted on 09/29/14 at 2:11 AM by GuidoGam

Not a single word about Alpha?

There’s a Processor in My FPGA!

Posted on 09/28/14 at 10:35 PM by JohnSwan

Indeed, Mentor Graphics had the ASAP (Application Specific Assistant Processor)tool 10 years ago. It automated the ability for the user to select a function and push it onto the FPGA fabric. It used an HLS tool of course for the synthesis. Though OpenCL g…

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