The Hardware Vanishing Point

Someday, Will it All be Software?

by Kevin Morris

The disciplines of hardware and software engineering have always been intertwined and symbiotic - like the yin and yang of some bizarre abstract beast. Software cannot exist without hardware to execute it, of course, and most hardware today is designed in the service of software. The vast majority of systems being designed today involve a mix of both elements working together, with software steadily inheriting more and more of the complexity load.

Let’s think about that for a minute.

On the one hand, we have digital hardware technology that has rocketed up the Moore’s Law curve for five solid decades, exploding in complexity like nothing ever seen by humans. One might expect, based on that fact alone, that hardware would bear the brunt of system complexity. After all, we have gone from tens of transistors on a chip to billions, and from scant kilobytes of memory and storage to terabytes.  Read More

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Intel/Altera Agreement (Partially) Tells the Tale

posted by Kevin Morris

We did a lot of speculation in our recent articles about the rumored Intel bid to buy Altera. One of the areas of most intense speculation was the 2013 agreement the two companies signed - for Intel to manufacture 14nm FPGAs for Altera. More than two years after that deal was signed, Intel is rumored to be making an offer to buy Altera for upwards (maybe far upwards) of $10B. But, is the existing 2013 agreement potentially weakening Intel’s bargaining position? (4-May)

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Posted on 05/20/15 at 11:28 AM by TotallyLost

I understand simulating a CPU for a complex SoC in an attempt to get early code development on low level memory and device interfaces ... in particular to have bring up diagnostics done by the time silicon and boards finally arrive.

As obruend notes, t…

Eschew the Real World

Posted on 05/20/15 at 12:19 AM by obruend

I do not really see the upside of simulating a CPU on another CPU for most projects (sure, there may be exceptions). Software development can easily be started before any hardware is available by just compiling the code to a hardware which is already avai…

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