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FPGA Camp in Bangalore discusses various industry aspects

Today, FPGACentral hosted its first ever FPGA Camp in Bangalore. The conference mainly aimed at bringing the engineers together and discussed the various aspects of the FPGA, mainly next generation FPGA technology, application, methodology, best practices and challenges, etc.

Lattice's Rakesh Agarwal presenting at the FPGA Camp in Bangalore.

Lattice's Rakesh Agarwal presenting at the FPGA Camp in Bangalore.

The morning session rolled out with a session on ‘Today’s FPGA Ecosystem,’ where the participants included, Neeraj Varma, country manager – Sales, India and Australia/NZ, Xilinx India, Wai Leng Cheong, regional sales manager, South Asia Pacific, Altera Singapore, and Rakesh Agarwal, country manager, India & ANZ, Lattice.

Adrian Hernandez, senior manager, Xilinx USA, gave a presentation on ‘Mastering FPGA Design through Debug.’ This was followed by John Wei, High Speed System Specialist, Altera, Hong Kong delivering a lecture on the ‘Trends and challenges in designing with high speed transceivers based FPGAs, and signal Integrity concerns.’ The morning session was wrapped up by Srinivasan Venkataramanan, CTO, CVC, who presented on ‘Upgrading to SystemVerilog for FPGA Designs.’

A highlight of the afternoon session was a panel discussion on ‘State of FPGA technology and its adoption in India.”

Now, I am not really posting anything specifically on the sessions as these were mainly targeted toward engineers, and I, for a change, decided to simply sit back and listen to the speakers, rather than take notes.

Just a few points from here and there. For instance, Lattice’s Rakesh Agarwal mentioned that the company’s mid-range ECP3 is the lowest power SerDes enable FPGA in the market. The company is focused on markets where it can differentiate with high value, low power solutions, and where it has the scale to effectively compete.

The single most important feature that one must keep in mind when designing and verifying FPGA based projects is device reconfiguration. Xilinx’s Adrian Hernandez suggested that users should build on the FPGA’s reconfiguration. He called upon them to share knowledge and experiences. One of the points raised by John Wei was that advanced oscillator and hybrid CDR enables 25Gbps at the 28nm CMOS process node in FPGAs. SystemVerilog interfaces have quickly found way into new designs, as they are useful for RTL designers and verification engineers. Srinivasan Venkataramanan touched upon the ecsystem around the SV-FPGA, adding that all major EDA vendors support SystemVerilog for design.

On the event itself, Navin Kumar and his team, including the volunteers, deserve a huge round of applause for pulling off this event. It was the first of its kind in India, an open source conference — with free attendance, etc. I believe, more people turned up, than originally expected. The turnout itself was interesting, with a mix of engineers, students and of course, the industry.

There were some minor hiccups regarding the location/venue and the positioning of booths — some of which looked really cramped for space, etc. However, these are minor issues, which the FPGACentral India team is sure to address in its forthcoming events. Well done guys!

FPGA Seek — an exclusive search site for FPGAs

March 25, 2009 Comments off

Nearly 17 months ago, I’d discovered FPGA Central! This discovery has gone one better — introducing the FPGA Seek (!

According to the site, the FPGA Seek is a search engine optimized for field programmable gate array (FPGA) and CPLD’s related topics. FPGA Seek brings together the search engine technology from Google but with a laser focus on results related to FPGA/CPLD.

This search engine only goes on to show the importance FPGAs have been gaining. Even the open source world hasn’t been far behind. Recently, Altera’s Nios II processor received Wind River Linux support. And just before that, both Xilinx and Altera chose to release products the same day!

FPGA related jobs
Of course, there’s a whole lot of information on this site. Users can also suggest a site they’d like to be added. There’s also a link to FPGA and CPLD related jobs. Of course, it opens on to the FPGA Job Central page. In fact, a lot of jobs have been posted in the recent days. So, those looking for openings, do check it out.

I’ve been also conducting several searches on the site and am delighted to find several references to my articles/blog posts. 🙂

Enough said… perhaps, you should all check out and bookmark FPGA Seek! Lastly, thanks to FPGA Central for letting me know!!

Introducing FPGA Central!

August 2, 2007 Comments off

All of those related to the FPGA and VLSI segments, there’s reason to rejoice. The world’s first dedicated portal on FPGAs is here!

FPGA Central is said to be central place to find complete info about FPGA vendors, products, IPs, etc.

Field programmable gate array, aka, FPGAs is a semiconductor device containing programmable logic components called ‘logic blocks’, and programmable interconnects. They are especially popular for prototyping integrated circuit designs. Once the design is set, hardwired chips are produced for faster performance. Its flexibility and low cost of implementation is the key factor for its success.

FPGA Central aims to bring all FPGA related information under one central location. A vendor neutral place to find everything about FPGAs, CPLDs, EDA Tools for FPGAs.

FPGA Central has been created to provide a central place for FPGA vendors and users to share experiences and information about FPGA design, development, verification, validation, process, tools and products.

The sites major feature includes:
* Largest FPGA vendor directory (over 450)
* Vast product directory (over 800)
* IP catalog (over 750)
* Find FPGA events around the world
* FPGA discussion forums
* Latest FPGA news and press releases
* FPGA jobs listing

A release said: “We are enhancing user experience by providing reviews and ratings of all the listing on our Web site. The users are encouraged to discuss their problems and share thoughts.” This is just the beginning! Over the next couple of months, FPGA Central plans to add more features to help users to make more informative decisions and vendors to showcase their products.

Need I say more? I was also able to post two articles and the previous blog on the ISA-VSI awards on FPGA Central. Look forward to receiving the newsletters as well. At least, I won’t need to look around all over the Web for FPGA related stuff, and believe that FPGA Central would do the job for me.

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