feature article
Subscribe Now

First Annual FPGA Journal Awards

We Tell You Your Favorites

Over the course of the first year, we’ve had a tremendous amount of feedback and input from you, our readers. We’ve also done several formal surveys and studies that have spanned the entire year, with follow-up e-mails to many of you to clarify just what you meant by assertions like “…works very reliably except when it fails.” Here, then, we are proud to present back to you some of the things you told us – your favorite suppliers and products in a variety of categories – in the form of awards.

The primary data for determining the winners came from our online surveys of completed FPGA projects. Respondents were those who had completed a real FPGA project within the past year, and answers were tabulated based on responses related to those completed projects. We asked you to rank the importance of a number of factors in choosing your device, your tools, and the vendors that sold them to you. We then asked you to rate how well your particular vendors and products performed in each of those categories. We multiplied the importance by the performance, averaged the responses for each vendor and product, and – voila! The scorecard for the First Annual FPGA Journal Awards was born.

Without further pageantry, and with no celebrities or comedians to read the results, here are the winners:

Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an FPGA vendor’s tools:

Altera for their Quartus II suite of design tools

You told us that Altera has made great strides in its tool suite over the past two years, particularly with the performance and quality of the Quartus II place-and-route tools. They also got high marks from many for their SOPC Builder embedded system tools working with their Nios soft processor core.

Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an FPGA vendor’s support:

Xilinx for their support staff, application engineers, documentation, and website

You told us that Xilinx consistently sets the standard for support staff and resources that understand your problems and their products and go the extra mile to make you successful in your project.

Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an FPGA vendor’s devices:

Lattice Semiconductor for their CPLD devices

You told us that, while CPLD may not be the glamour segment of the programmable logic industry, Lattice devices consistently and reliably deliver the features and performance that the datasheet claims, solving your CPLD problems in a cost-effective, reliable manner.

Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an EDA vendor’s HDL simulator performance, capacity, and reliability:

Mentor Graphics for their ModelSim simulator

You told us that, in addition to being the dominant HDL simulator in the FPGA market, ModelSim delivers best in many of the categories most important to design teams working against a schedule. This was actually three separate categories, and ModelSim swept them all.

Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an EDA vendor’s HDL simulator price/value and ease-of-use:

Aldec for their ActiveHDL simulator

You told us that Aldec’s simulator is extremely approachable and easy to learn. You like Aldec’s whole-solution approach to simulation and debug and their clear focus on FPGA design in particular. You also found Aldec’s tools to be an outstanding value for the price.

Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an EDA vendor’s synthesis tool’s performance, quality of results, reliability, and ease of use:

Synplicity for their Synplify and Synplify-Pro tools

You told us that Synplicity’s products clearly lead the synthesis field for FPGA. Many of you said you were happy to pay the additional cost of Synplicity’s 3 rd party tools over the FPGA vendor-supplied synthesis products in order to get vendor independence, an edge on quality of results, HDL language support, and “blazing fast compile times.”

Well, there they are – our first year winners. There will be no little gold statues (hey, we’re on a budget here) or long acceptance speeches. It pays to note that many of these were very close competitions on our rating system, but subjective feedback from follow-up e-mails never failed to validate our winners. With all the exciting new product announcements and introductions of the past few months, we expect that the next year will be even more interesting.

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Feb 27, 2021
New Edge Rate High Speed Connector Set Is Micro, Rugged Years ago, while hiking the Colorado River Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park with my two sons, the older one found a really nice Swiss Army Knife. By “really nice” I mean it was one of those big knives wi...
Feb 26, 2021
OMG! Three 32-bit processor cores each running at 300 MHz, each with its own floating-point unit (FPU), and each with more memory than you than throw a stick at!...
Feb 26, 2021
In the SPECTRE 20.1 base release, we released Spectre® XDP-HB as part of the new Spectre X-RF simulation technology. Spectre XDP-HB uses a highly distributed multi-machine multi-core simulation... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community si...

featured video

Designing your own Processor with ASIP Designer

Sponsored by Synopsys

Designing your own processor is time-consuming and resource intensive, and it used to be limited to a few experts. But Synopsys’ ASIP Designer tool allows you to design your own specialized processor within your deadline and budget. Watch this video to learn more.

Click here for more information

featured paper

Use Configurable Digital IO To Give Your Industrial Controller the Edge

Sponsored by Maxim Integrated

As factories get bigger, centralized industrial process control has become difficult to manage. While there have been attempts to simplify the task, it remains unwieldy. In this design solution, we briefly review the centralized approach before looking at what potential changes edge computing will bring to the factory floor. We also show a digital IO IC that allows for smaller, more adaptable programmable logic controllers (PLCs) more suited to this developing architecture.

Click here to download the whitepaper

featured chalk talk

Minitek Microspace

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Amphenol ICC

With the incredible pace of automotive innovation these days, it’s important to choose the right connectors for the job. With everything from high-speed data to lighting, connectors have a huge impact on reliability, cost, and design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Glenn Heath from Amphenol ICC about the Minitek MicroSpace line of automotive- and industrial-grade connectors.

Click here for more information about Amphenol FCI Minitek MicroSpace™ Connector System