They say you don’t often get second chances. Certainly, there are few examples in the technology world where an entire industry blows a big market opportunity, backs away, and then gets another crack at it later. But, that could possibly happen with EDA and FPGAs. We might be on the verge of a time when the EDA industry could patch the big hole in their collective system design … Read More → "EDA’s Second Chance"
Cadence recently announced neural-network processor IP. It would be pretty simple to jump into the architecture and start from there, but there’s this thing that I don’t think is just me that perhaps we should deal with first.
I see neural networks tossed about all over the place. … Read More → "Neural-Net In a Block"
For decades now, FPGA companies have struggled to overcome their de-facto positioning as “ASIC alternatives.” Of course, FPGAs are great for prototyping your design, or for getting something into production much earlier than we could with a custom chip design. But, eventually, for designs that go into volume production, there comes a time when it’s worth designing an ASIC or ASSP to do … Read More → "Flex Logix Fires Second Salvo"
OK, you’ve just been assigned a new project. There’s a cell that’s in need of Monte Carlo variation analysis. You’re looking for 6σ accuracy – 1 failure in a billion. So you run the numbers, and you find that you’re going to need 5 billion separate simulations. Yes, that’s with a “B.” No, retreating to a less aggressive node won’t help; this number is independent of … Read More → "Machine Learning Hits EDA"
The seed of a technology startup has always been the same – expertise plus idea. Someone with a particular skill or expertise (and some entrepreneurial spirit) comes up with a novel idea and decides to “make a go of it” – creating a new company. The first part is easy, as most engineers are working completely in their comfort and competence zone. They get a couple of laptops, scopes, … Read More → "The Shifting Startup Scene"
You’ve driven it for a decade or more. It’s taken you on-road and off-road. It’s brought you to the corner store and across the country. It’s got over 200,000 miles on it, and it’s still running fine. The thing is, you know you’re going to need to upgrade one of these days. Will the car die and force you into a decision? Or will … Read More → "Silicon Jersey Barriers"