Driving Optimization

What do high level synthesis, FPGAs, and the first 3D printer capable of printing fully-functional electronics have in common? This week’s podcast, of course! First up, I chat with Max Odendahl (CEO, Founder – Silexica) about ins and outs of system level understanding and optimization, what we can do with unsynthesizable C/C++ code and how we can tackle the biggest challenges in using Software  (C/C++) for hardware … Read More → "Driving Optimization"

High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 3

In part 1 of this series, we looked at new high-end FPGA families from Xilinx, Intel, and Achronix and discussed their underlying semiconductor processes, the type and amount of programmable logic LUT fabric, the type and amount of DSP/arithmetic resources and their applicability to AI inference acceleration tasks, the claimed TOPS/FLOPS performance capabilities, and on-chip interconnect … Read More → "High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 3"

Plotting a Course to Functional Safety

There are many roads to prosperity, but one must be taken. Inaction leads nowhere. – Robert Zoellick

Security is not implemented overnight. Standards don’t create themselves. And our design lives won’t get easier if security and standards aren’t addressed at every step of the game. In this week’s podcast, Brent Sherman (Intel), Adam Sherer (Cadence) and I chat about the challenges of … Read More → "Plotting a Course to Functional Safety"

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Posted on Nov 7 at 11:43am by Karl Stevens
The Boolean logic model is running in debug mode so the design can be both modeled and debugged in C Sharp Visual Studio. In fact since both the data flow and control logic are fully defined the model is an executable spec. Here is a preliminary syntax for functional design ...
Posted on Nov 7 at 7:48am by Max Maxfield
To be honest, I think this is all rather exciting, because new concepts and definitions are sprouting up like mushrooms on a day-to-day basis.
Posted on Nov 7 at 7:30am by Karl Stevens
I realize that some designers want to know as early as possible if there are timing problems, but FIRST the function has to be right. There are different ways to optimize timing, but FUNCTION IS SACRED!
Posted on Nov 7 at 7:24am by Karl Stevens
Absolutely! The logic design phase has been totally ignored since the ridiculous conclusion that Verilog should be used for design entry BECAUSE it can be SIMULATED! Then the first thing that the tools do is synthesize HDL rather than simulate. In fact they do place and route and timing analysis ...
Posted on Nov 7 at 6:52am by Kevin Morris
Tools are the most important element in driving adoption of programmable logic technology. With dynamic new markets for FPGAs such as AI inference acceleration, the demands on tools have grown even more. Do you think tools are still the greatest barrier to FPGA use in our systems?
Posted on Nov 5 at 9:50am by Bryon Moyer
If you're using, say, Office applications, are you getting the dumbed-down versions that are the current online versions? Or are they full-up? For instance, would you still be able to script Excel with VBA? I think (I could be wrong) that you need the on-premise version to do that today. ...
Posted on Nov 4 at 9:43am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the current Mipsology and the future SoC ML inference approaches?
Posted on Oct 31 at 7:35am by Max Maxfield
It amazes me to think about the raw compute power offered by this card -- if I got my time machine working and took it back to say 1975... it would be useless because they didn't have the PCIe interface back then LOL
Posted on Oct 31 at 7:09am by Max Maxfield
Did you see this article on EEtimes.com? Lightweight AI Tracks Suspects Between Cameras (https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1335233)
Posted on Oct 29 at 6:33pm by Kevin Morris
Lattice’s CrossLink Plus seems like a particularly versatile solution for video-related IoT applications where low power is paramount and there are countless variations in camera and display formats and sizes. Thoughts?
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