Go-Fast FPGA Design

Helpful Hot-Rodding Hints

by Kevin Morris

Most of us engineers are at least closet hot-rodders. It’s in our DNA. No matter how good a contraption is from the factory, we just can’t resist the temptation to tweak a few things in our own special way, and often that’s all about speed.

FPGA design, it turns out, is a big ‘ol blank canvas for hot-rodding. Even though we (fortunately) don’t have glossy convenience-store magazines adorned with scantily-clad models standing next to the latest tricked-out dev boards, FPGAs have all the tools we need to rev our creative motors in the never-ending quest for that extra little bit of personalized performance.

But, where do we start? Do FPGAs have a set of go-to hop-ups? Is there a “chopping and channeling” baseline for programmable logic design?

It turns out the answer is “yes.” And, just to get you started, here are five tips for turning up the boost on your next project:  Read More


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posted by Bryon Moyer

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The race hasn't yet begun. In fact, we're not even on the starting block, but the rule book for this race - the race to the next major innovative mobile platform (smartphone) has been drafted and teams are starting to assemble. Google's Project Ara, the world's first completely modular smartphone is coming, and the modules will be designed by... YOU! On your mark. Get set. Design! (21-Apr)

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Differentiation versus Diversity

Posted on 09/18/14 at 10:10 PM by TileGuy

TileGuy
Hi Jim, nice to see your very positive comments about Tilera’s architecture and performance achievements. And we've got over 100 designs at companies like Cisco, Brocade, ZTE, Checkpoint who agree with that. But it’s worth correcting a couple statement…

IoT Standards

Posted on 09/18/14 at 2:08 PM by WillGrubb

WillGrubb
http://www.weightless.org/about/m2m-communications

The M2M communications sector requires the following:

Low cost hardware and service.
Chipset costs need to be in the region $1-$2 and annual service charges less than $10 to make embedding wireles…

Be a Better Programmer

Posted on 09/17/14 at 12:56 AM by juergenuk

juergenuk
Programmers put the bugs in. So they should get help where possible with tools and training to minimize. One way is to have a very rigid structure across the whole group.
On LinkedIN there was an interesting discussion, and some said: I want my programmi…

There’s a Processor in My FPGA!

Posted on 09/16/14 at 2:35 PM by SteveCasselman

Altera's OpenCL SDK allows software programmers to use the FPGA's fabric as easily as they use the processor cores. The same code that runs on an SoC also runs on the largest parts. Altera is also committed to having an SoC in each family so the Stratix 1…

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