Optimization Moves Up a Level

Mentor’s RealTime Designer Rises to RTL

by Bryon Moyer

There are a lot of reasons why we can create so much circuitry on a single piece of silicon. Obvious ones include hard work developing processes that make it theoretically doable. But someone still has to do the design. So if I had to pick one word to describe why we can do this, it would be “abstraction.” And that’s all about the tools.

In fact, my first job out of college came courtesy of abstraction. Prior to that, using programmable logic involved figuring out the behavior you wanted, establishing (and re-establishing) Boolean equations that described the desired behavior, optimizing and minimizing those equations manually, and then figuring out which individual fuses needed to be blown in order to implement those equations. From that fuse map, a programmer (the hardware kind) could configure a device, which you could then use to figure out… that it’s not working quite like you wanted, allowing you to throw the one-time-programmable device away and try again.  Read More


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Optimization Moves Up a Level

Posted on 09/01/14 at 12:57 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about Mentor's RTL-level optimization?

Cheap Chips

Posted on 08/29/14 at 8:25 AM by carlwh28

It’s an age old question, what to select for your design? ASIC, FPGA, standard parts, ASSP etc. Each will have its merits for a particular design and market requirements, that's why these solutions still exist, there is no one panacea.

What is importan…

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Posted on 08/28/14 at 3:03 PM by SteveCasselman

While Xilinx has abandoned the lowest end of programmable logic Altera has a low cost, low power, DSP capable device with analog data inputs (AMS). I work at Altera so I currently can't tell you all the great features of this device but it has all the stu…

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