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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 March 12th, 2010

The past two weeks were pretty interesting if you follow FPGAs. Yes, Xilinx and Altera kept upping their target to Wall St., but that is not where the excitement came from. It came from the recent announcements of two startups, both created in 2003 and heavily funded. Tabula released its long-awaited device, which goes by […]

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Olivier Coudert on November 1st, 2009

Lots has been written and hyped about Twitter since its creation three years ago. Twitter has been touted as the fastest growing social network (19% of U.S. Internet users tweet), and a communication medium with still unforeseen capabilities. The company […] Continue reading What is Twitter’s next step?

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Olivier Coudert on October 20th, 2009

I was today in Sun Microsystems offices, which co-hosted the TechCrunch Munich event. Mike Butcher, editor TechCrunch Europe, was here to take about 150 attendants through a few presentations and 12 startup pitches. I promised I would write about what I liked, so here it goes. The breakroom had a tweeter wall with live reaction […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 18th, 2009

After the giant TechCrunch 50 last September in San Francisco, TechCrunch continues to host smaller events in several cities. Next in line is TechCrunch Munich, which will be held on Tuesday Oct. 20th at the Sun Microsystems offices in Munich. The gathering is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs and techies to network, as well as […]

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