FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Intel, Microsemi Debut New Families

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There is an awful lot of chest beating in the FPGA world. Xilinx and Intel (Altera) have always taken great biennial pride and few prisoners when it comes to building and bragging about the biggest, baddest, fastest, farthest-out slabs of silicon that a few billion dollars worth of semiconductor fab can crank out. Getting to market before the other guy with a high-end Virtex or Stratix family, released on the latest and greatest FinFET-having, low- or high- or we-don’t-care-anymore-K dielectric, tiniest-geometry, most-exotic process has always been the source of utmost pride for the pair of programmable logic provocateurs.

Then, things usually get quiet for awhile.  Read More


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Radio FPGA!

Posted on 02/23/17 at 12:48 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Thanks Kevin --- way cool parts --- can not wait for their general availability smiling

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/20/17 at 4:42 PM by logos

CyrilJ,

You're links are broken.

Also, Microsemi's THREE separate software suites are INCONSISTENT with Linux support.
- FlashPro for Libero IDE does not support Linux. Microsemi's site and documentation is all over the place with FlashPro hardware…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 2:13 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
What is FAR worse?

An 8-way time division multiplexor to "fairly share" memory between 6 processors and 2 DMA channels -- no priority accesses to starve another channel, no contention based allocations, just straight channel 1 gets only time slot 1, ch…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 1:16 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Now you might say that no one would be that stupid as to pack all accessed data into a single subchannel. With the number of sub-channels being 2^n (where n is 1, 2 or 3), it's also pretty likely that the underlying data structure to be processed will hav…

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