August 12, 2011

Everything is Coming Up Blue

Silicon Blue Takes on the Mobile Market - One FPGA at a Time

by Amelia Dalton

In this week's Fish Fry, I head into the wild and woolly world of FPGAs in mobile devices, interviewing Kapil Shankar (SiliconBlue CEO) about how SiliconBlue is making waves in the mobile market and why the other FPGA companies may not be taking notice.

I also have a SiliconBlue iCEman iCE65L08-T Evaluation Kit to give away this week, but you will have to listen to find out how to win one of your very own.

If you like this new series be sure to drop a comment in the box below.


Watch Previous Fish Frys

Fish Fry Links - August 12, 2011

More Information about SiliconBlue FPGAs

Kevin Morris' Article : Tiny, Tiny Tech - SiliconBlue's Really Small FPGAs

iCEman iCE65L08-T Evaluation Kit


Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO - Xilinx

John Bruggeman, Former CMO - Cadence Design Systems

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO - Lattice Semiconductor

Lauro Rizzatti, Vice President of Marketing, EVE

Bill Neifert, CTO - Carbon Design Systems

Sean Dart, CEO - Forte Design Systems


hayderimran thanks amelia.
Posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:06 PM
Hello Amelia,
I wanted to evaluate Silicon Blue's technology and your give-away would be right on time.
We are building detectors using time-of-flight of light pulses emitted by LEDs (thus the name LEDDAR, as in radar) and we have a project coming up where the small footprint and very low power of these FPGAs would fit in very nicely. The FPGA is used to process the acquired signals from the reflected light.

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM
Hmmm, how about the brains for a remote-control quadrocopter? With an FPGA I could add more intelligence and faster response to sensors.
Posted on August 16, 2011 at 5:06 PM
arooj I am working on a 3D printing robot on my own after getting the idea from Makerbot at NoiseBridge. While makerbot uses a Motherboard that is already programmed and its hard to get working of it, I have decided to use a device of my own choice and program it.
Certainly microcontrollers were not the best idea since I needed voltage variations for 3 DC motors running along the 3-axis to do printing in 3D. I believe iCEmab65L08 is the most suitable device for obvious reasons :
It has flexible I/O ports that can precisely control motors.
USB 2.0 port is amazing feature that will ease the issue of connecting it to host devices like laptops and load my 3Dsmax designs into quite reasonable RAM of 128 Kbits.
I hope to get a good startup with this device.
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 2:40 AM
I think my long awaited time comes to an end.
I have hands-on with some FPGAś but when you are designer you always have a wish to go for sister designs.
BGA(Ball grid Array) fascinated me a lot while I was PCB layout engineer.
There idea of I/O pin layout is quite interesting that what makes me compelling to use this device in my recent project i.e. designing mechanism for robotic arm with degree of freedom > 6. Yeah thats a big deal. Normal devices won;t help me much because I need a centralized device that has maximum I/O ports to support mechanism.
A higher degree of freedom would require higher precision in device and thats what I ferret out in iceman . Mobile FPGAś in medical devices can seriously bring out huge changes.
Imagine a robotic arm size of normal arm of person. iceman im waiting!!
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 3:00 AM
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