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Posted on May 20 at 3:11pm by Max Maxfield
Hi retired nemesis of retired Jim Turley -- I think it's 6,400 not 64,000 -- but I agree that they have a lot of balls to present us with this package :-) With regard to compilers, simulators, IDEs, etc -- they have a complete ecosystem. I should have written more about that. ...
Posted on May 20 at 3:06pm by Max Maxfield
I vaguely remember heard of it, but I never used it myself. I do remember AMD's AM2901 bit-slice processor -- that was an interesting approach (was the Motorola one a bit-slice machine?)
Posted on May 20 at 3:03pm by Max Maxfield
Thanks as always Crusty -- how is Mrs. Crusty (in good voice, I trust), and how is life in Crusty Mansions?
Posted on May 20 at 3:02pm by Max Maxfield
I saw that after I'd posted this column -- I bet they didn't see that one coming LOL
Posted on May 19 at 2:10pm by cowduo
Hi Max, fun to read as always. Two questions: 1) 64000 ball-grid array. Are the balls arranged as a multi-dimensional sparse matrix? Will you lay out my circuit board for me? 2) What about compilers, simulators, IDEs, design tools, and the like? 3) And the bonus EE-degree question: Do they have precise exceptions? - ...
Posted on May 18 at 7:10am by MikeBate56
Ah those were the days. Do you remember a 1 bit micro from Motorola. MC14500 I think.
Posted on May 17 at 10:50am by JohnBirkner
Hi Steve, Regarding “I was stunned to find out how many power supply rails these parts required.” Agreed, I also was stunned to see FPGA design engineers adding rails to make the FPGA cheaper, or faster, without any regard to increasing complexity beyond the chip. Regarding “Shankar apparently likes company ...
Posted on May 9 at 1:08pm by JohnBirkner
Steve, great article! I still have my original IBM PC, that we used to write a version of PALASM to program PALs. -John
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With a Flowpro parallel computational machine all of the objects and tasks are already petitioned at the source level of the design. It seems that a true parallel substrate machine such as Flowpro could easily take advantage of multicore synthesis.
Posted on May 6 at 9:11am by Crusty
You have done it again!!! Made me feel very old. Intelligent horse power is not new. I had four shire horses on the farm I grew up on in Devon England. I often wondered if I was needed to control the four up plough I was taught to use. As ...
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