Olivier Coudert on April 4th, 2011

In March 2010, exactly a year ago, Tabula announced its product, the 40-nm ABAX device. The device promised a little revolution with its virtual 3D architecture, based on time multiplexing and continuous reconfiguration of its logic. At the time I mirrored Tabula’s announcement with Tier Logic’s, another PLD startup. I wondered whether Tabula could be […]

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Olivier Coudert on September 7th, 2010

A month ago I stumbled upon Plunify, a startup that gives a fresh twist to EDA. Founded by HarnHua Ng and Kirvy Teo and established in Singapore, Plunify provides online access to various FPGA synthesis tools in the cloud. Through a slick web 2.0 interface, the user submits its design, which is then synthesized for […]

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Olivier Coudert on August 16th, 2010

Systems on Chip (SoCs) integrate increasingly complex hardware features with even more complex software applications, which makes validating SoCs a challenging task. FPGA-based prototyping has become an increasingly popular way of validating SoCs, for good reasons: FPGA devices have enough capacity to fit complex ASICs, and run fast enough to interact with real world interface […]

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Olivier Coudert on July 15th, 2010

It’s official: Tier Logic will cease to be in business on Friday July 16, 2010. The company has been trying to close its second round of funding, but it became clear last week that no short-term funding from a new VC would come, despite some due diligence by two lead investors. Since Tier Logic’s existing […]

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Olivier Coudert on June 11th, 2010

Xilinx announced that it signed a multi-year strategic licensing agreement to use Oasys’ synthesis. What does that mean for the FPGA and EDA community? Oasys’ product, RealTime Designer, is claimed to be 10x-60x faster than the competition. Among other things, it uses AIG-based optimization. This technology is best illustrated by UC Berkeley’s ABC synthesis: several […]

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Olivier Coudert on June 3rd, 2010

Another FPGA startup met the fate of so many others: Abound Logic is reported to have shut down this week, Wednesday June 2nd, 2010. Abound logic, previously known as M2000, was founded by three EDA veterans who had previously started Meta Systems. Meta Systems developed the industry’s first emulation system based on custom FPGAs, which […]

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Olivier Coudert on April 20th, 2010

A FPGA company makes revenue with the hardware: it sells its device, and gives away its design tools –synthesis, place-and-route. Yet the EDA industry has had success with its own (non-free) FPGA synthesis solutions. For good reasons: in its days, Synplicity’s Synplify was the best FPGA synthesis out there. Synopsys acquired Synplicity two years ago, […]

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