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by Jim Turley

If a microprocessor is nothing but a machine that executes software, then it’s probably important to make sure that all of the machines are compatible with all of the software. That’s a lot harder than it sounds.

Some CPU families have a long and storied history of binary compatibility. Intel’s x86 architecture comes to mind, because of its slavish devotion to binary compatibility dating back to the 1970s. Love it or hate it, at least you know that every x86 processor ever made will run any x86 program ever written. It’s a huge burden to bear, lugging all of that ‘70s-era baggage around, but it’s also one of the architecture’s greatest strengths.  Read More

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Expanding EDA

Posted on 09/30/14 at 10:10 PM by Kev

Given that the EDA guys are a rather non-"Agile" bunch I'm not sure they're going to get much done.

Personally I think you can re-apply a lot of EDA tools aimed at hardware design at parallel software design. Parallel stuff is hard to debug, so formal …

Max 10 Kills the CPLD

Posted on 09/30/14 at 11:38 AM by SteveCasselman

@juergenuk You can buy a development board with the largest part for $50. The smallest part is 25 times smaller and yet is still large enough to fit a NIOS processor and 16 DSP units plus logic left over.

Max 10 Kills the CPLD

Posted on 09/30/14 at 11:10 AM by juergenuk

I am missing where this new Altera series fits price wise. Lattice never went to the biggest - but instead a market not so much served by A and X. I have been selling against A and X - or more positively, finding the right niches for Lattice.
So Lattice …

Expanding EDA

Posted on 09/29/14 at 9:57 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about the cycles of EDA and EDA's expanding scope?

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