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Shaking Up Embedded Processing

Altera Introduces SoC FPGAs

by Kevin Morris

There is no question that programmability is the key enabling feature of just about every electronic product today. If you’re a regular reader of this publication, and you’re designing systems that don’t contain programmable elements, what the heck are you doing?

We are all very familiar with software programmability. From communications infrastructure to digital cameras, we are constantly hearing that software development is the critical path in the schedule, the biggest engineering effort, and the key element of product differentiation. However, the pace of development today is making hardware programmability equally important.  Read More

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Radio FPGA!

Posted on 02/23/17 at 12:48 AM by TotallyLost

Thanks Kevin --- way cool parts --- can not wait for their general availability smiling

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/20/17 at 4:42 PM by logos


You're links are broken.

Also, Microsemi's THREE separate software suites are INCONSISTENT with Linux support.
- FlashPro for Libero IDE does not support Linux. Microsemi's site and documentation is all over the place with FlashPro hardware…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 2:13 PM by TotallyLost

What is FAR worse?

An 8-way time division multiplexor to "fairly share" memory between 6 processors and 2 DMA channels -- no priority accesses to starve another channel, no contention based allocations, just straight channel 1 gets only time slot 1, ch…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 1:16 PM by TotallyLost

Now you might say that no one would be that stupid as to pack all accessed data into a single subchannel. With the number of sub-channels being 2^n (where n is 1, 2 or 3), it's also pretty likely that the underlying data structure to be processed will hav…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 12:37 PM by TotallyLost

@Karl -- sure multiple banks/channels can offer concurrent read/write, or even multiply sourced reads/write -- but each channel still has the native single access or burst fill performance timings.

Now look at the last three figures above, where Cadenc…

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/19/17 at 1:16 PM by CyrilJ

A few links of interest for Linux users:

FlashPro download page (Linux and Windows):

SoftConsole download page (linux and Windows):…

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/16/17 at 11:23 PM by logos


I did see how you guys don't fully support Linux. Just go to your site and look at the "Device Support" page for each Libero product (IDE, SoC and SoC PolarFire):
Firmware Catalog: No Linux support
SoftConsole: No Linux support
FlashPro (Libero…

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/16/17 at 1:09 PM by tedmarena

We have Linux available if you would like to give our tools another try. Not sure why you did not see that we have Linux. Libero has had numerous improvements, in particular over the last 18 months. In the area of debug tools, our software is head and …

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/15/17 at 10:35 PM by logos

I used to use Actel/Microsemi devices. Their Libero IDE software was a nightmare to use. They created Libero SoC which isn't much better. Now they have Libero SoC PolarFire? Come on guys, get your tools sorted out. Doesn't matter how good your chips are i…

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/15/17 at 8:06 PM by tedmarena

Please give us a look Thomas. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. You can contact me at if you want and I will connect you to the right folks.

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