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:
Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an FPGA vendor’s support:
Xilinx for their support staff, application engineers, documentation, and website
Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an FPGA vendor’s devices:
Lattice Semiconductor for their CPLD devices
Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an EDA vendor’s HDL simulator performance, capacity, and reliability:
Mentor Graphics for their ModelSim simulator
Highest reader/customer satisfaction with an EDA vendor’s HDL simulator price/value and ease-of-use:
Aldec for their ActiveHDL simulator
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
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.