Heterogeneous Processing, SoCs and FPGAs

A Path to Flexible System Implementation

by Dick Selwood

Firstly – if you are an existing FPGA user, you may not find much that is new in this piece, but really, it is not aimed at you. What would be useful is if you share it with your system architect colleagues and your software colleagues, for whom much of this may well be new and useful.

You are beginning a new project - let's say a motor control system. You can assemble components on a board – possibly a processor, a DSP, an FPGA for peripherals, and a networking ASIC. The result is a relatively large board, with the inherent reliability issues and a high BoM cost  Read More

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Researchers create working electronics inside a rose

Posted on 11/26/15 at 1:21 PM by SteveNordquis4

For people who can't keep SOCs on, crack PCBs just by fingering a connector, but can grow plants, plant surgery gone...well, they their transistor characteristics fast rather than keep the leaves in D.I. water for a week, but just look at it. (CC licensed…

Face-slapping alarm clock refuses to let you sleep in

Posted on 11/26/15 at 12:10 PM by SteveNordquis4

Not pictured; Hair was in French Braid before alarm phase 1.

Face-slapping alarm clock refuses to let you sleep in

Posted on 11/26/15 at 12:08 PM by SteveNordquis4

Good children of the world will of course choose vagus nerve interference devices, automated room blinds on light days, and canny direction of the projector on their cellphone to stop recording long-term memories and stop the second phase of rapid skeleto…

Marketing Math 201

Posted on 11/26/15 at 2:05 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Just under 30 years ago, when the word FPGA had to be explained, a stealth mode company published a paper in Electronics (The leading technical publication of the time). It was called something like Counting Gates and compared how Altera and Xilinx used …

Marketing Math 201

Posted on 11/24/15 at 2:23 PM by tentner

You should note that Altera is using ALMs, not 6-input LUTs. ALMs contain 2x 4-input LUTs + some logic to fancy combine them + 2 dedicated adder-bits. (At least I assume that Stratix 10 uses the same type of ALM - I could not download meaningful documents…

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