Breaking The Three Laws

Regardless of the market segment your product targets you are being required to build it with the lowest power operation to either compete, differentiate or just be more green. This week I ran into a customer who unfortunately had to re-spin their chip due to a low power mode of operation issue. The software was able to put the chip into a low power mode but due to a bug, they were unable to get the chip out of the low power mode cleanly without a system reset. This customer wanted to better verify the low power modes before tape-out this time around.

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Recently I blogged on a change in the way Xilinx reports the capacity of their new UltraScale FPGA devices. At the end of the blog I left with the following questions

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Ultimately when you hand-off your physical FPGA-based prototype to the end users there are only two things that they care about; Performance, Performance, Performance. I know I said there were only two things but performance is so important I listed it three times.

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Last week’s blog How many ASIC Gates does it take to fill an FPGA? definitely stirred the pot. Part Deux (two?) goes back to basics filling in some gaps and follows up with data supplied by my good friends over at Xilinx.

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How many ASIC Gates does it take to fill an FPGA?

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I have a set of witty one liners which I use to respond to a variety of situations that I encounter in my everyday life. Some are insightful and designed to share my wisdom while others are just supposed to be a little humorous. The title of this blog is one and I have listed a set of my favorite quotes below including the typical situations which I use them. Feel free to use these in your everyday situations as I am sure they will be as impactful for you as they are for me. I might not have been the first person to come up with these quotes so don’t get upset if you use the same ones already.

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I snapped off the picture of the HAPS-70 system below at a recent customer meeting and it gave me the idea for this blog. Other than the fact that the systems look “well sexy” (Yes, usually a term you do not hear used to describe hardware) this picture also highlights the flexible nature of the system interconnect architecture with the high performance coax cables and recommended usage.

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Question: Is it Emulation or FPGA-Based Prototyping that I need for my project?

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Hi Prototypers,

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Would you kindly help me clear something up?

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