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Lattice Lives on the Edge

A year ago, Lattice Semiconductor was all set to be acquired by Canyon Bridge Partners, a “global private equity buyout fund headquartered in Palo Alto, California” for $1.3B. The industry lamented the loss of another independent FPGA company, with Xilinx and Achronix remaining the only two independent FPGA vendors, after Actel, SiliconBlue, and Altera had all been gobbled up by larger suitors.

The Lattice deal had some … Read More → "Lattice Lives on the Edge"

Go Configure and Multiply

Where else can you go for not one but two electronic engineering interviews with two of the coolest executives in the biz? Yep, right here. First up, Robert Blake (Achronix – CEO) and I discuss the details of their Speedcore custom blocks, the issues surrounding the efficiency of computation in SoC design, and the benefits of FPGA acceleration core integration. Also this week, Mike Wishart (efabless – CEO) … Read More → "Go Configure and Multiply"

The Biggest SoC/FPGAs

In the decades-long battle between Altera (now part of Intel) and Xilinx, no title has been more hotly contested than “Ours is Biggest.” Way back in the days when real LUTs had 4 inputs, FPGA companies resorted to measuring their density with “system gates” in order to obscure the pathetically small (at the time) amount of logic that could actually be implemented in the programmable … Read More → "The Biggest SoC/FPGAs"

The People’s Processor

The capitalist computing bourgeoisie want to enslave us all with proprietary processing architectures, but the proletariat eventually produces its own processor alternative – an ISA for and by the people, where instruction sets aren’t subject to the whim of the royalty-driven class, and where licensing fees don’t oppress the workers’ BOMs. RISC-V is that ISA – the people’s processor, the unmoving, unwavering instruction set whose implementation carries no … Read More → "The People’s Processor"

Raising the eFPGA Bar

The recent explosion of FPGA-based compute acceleration has created an enormous new market opportunity for programmable logic. With demanding new applications such as neural networks on the rise, specialized hardware is required for offloading computation loads for newer applications – both in data centers and in edge devices and systems. Traditional FPGA companies like Xilinx and Intel/Altera are making enormous pushes to capture this rapidly emerging market.

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featured blogs
Dec 11, 2017
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Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping SolutionFPGA-based prototypes are essential in most system designs today. But, building your own prototype is a challenging and expensive proposition. You need a robust solution with performance, scalability, software support, visibility, and a host of other important attributes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juergen Jaeger about the Protium S1 FPGA-based … Read More → "Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution"
Pegasus Verification System: Let Your DRC Fly!Design rule checking (DRC) can be the one of the biggest bottlenecks in getting a chip out the door. The computation power required for a large DRC run can be staggering. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Christen Decoin from Cadence Design Systems about the Pegasus Verification System which will let your … Read More → "Pegasus Verification System: Let Your DRC Fly!"
New Defense and Aerospace ProductsIf you’re working on mil-standard systems and are worried about SWaP-C (and who isn’t?) you know that getting a reliable, off-the-shelf DC to DC converter and filter are critical to the success of your system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kai Johnstad of Vicor about solving mil-standard COTS power problems. … Read More → "New Defense and Aerospace Products"
Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?Choosing the right circuit protection is a crucial design decision. Both diodes and multilayer varistors have advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one for your application can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dean Beckley from AVX about choosing the best protection option for your next design. Click … Read More → "Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?"
Insatiable Bandwidth: Why HBM is Right For YouNothing can jam your system up like a lack of memory bandwidth. For many applications, DDR4 isn’t enough to meet  our performance needs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher about using High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) which brings incredible memory bandwidth to demanding applications. Click here for more information about comprehensive memory … Read More → "Insatiable Bandwidth: Why HBM is Right For You"
Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver SolutionsSome signals just weren’t meant to go through your PCB. They need to jump on the freeway and get where they’re going with no funny business. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about bringing the power of flyovers to your board-based system. Click here to download the Flyover … Read More → "Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions"