Breaking The Three Laws

Archive for 2011

 

I love DAC, honest, I really do

Dear reader, With DAC just around the corner, those planning to attend are probably already calculating their optimal route through the maze of booths, panels, papers and of course the parties. FPGA-based prototyping is likely to have its strongest DAC ever, and Synopsys is doing its bit to carry on the good work.

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Trading Performance for Automation: beware dead ends

As agreed at a recent SNUG tutorial, a best-of-both-worlds approach is to use more automation and compromise in order to get something running at low performance in a few weeks but then to re-iterate to meet the real performance goal needed later in the project.
However, beware of dead-ends.

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When is RTL mature enough to prototype?

In recent discussions with eminent prototypers at SNUG San Jose and back here in Europe, I have been interested to know how mature and complete the design must be in order to make prototyping worthwhile. I have heard good arguments for waiting until the RTL is frozen, but also for starting as soon as possible because even partial RTL will help to “pipe-clean the flow”. Is there an optimal midpoint?

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Live snapshot of today’s FPGA-based Prototyping projects

With the 600+ downloads of the FPMM eBook already, and the survey data provided, readers have provided a fascinating new snapshot of today’s prototyping projects.

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FPMM: this changes everything :-)

Apparently, there was some kind of announcement today about a tablet computer or something like that. At the same time, there has been another announcement today and here is the summary….

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So, what are these Three Laws all about?

A short post explaining the title of this blog and introducing the Three Laws of Prototyping.

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From first post to “last post”

This is just an opener to set the stage for this new blog about FPGA-based Prototyping.

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