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A poll on the challenges associated with FPGA design in an FPGA discussion group on LinkedIn caught my attention recently. Conducted by Cuong Nguyen from EDA Direct, it drew several lengthy comments. Poll: FPGA Design Challenges My vote went to Timing Closure – definitely one of the most frustrating and time-consuming classes of problems for […]

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(This post was sparked by an interesting email conversation with a user. I promised that I will post my views in a new blog article, so here it is) Why doesn’t Plunify yet provide a hybrid solution, a solution that works seamlessly on private and public clouds? For those who are finding out about us […]

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At an industry event last Friday (Oct 14th 2011), we had the chance to present a talk on, “What Can FPGA Designers Do With Personal Data Centers?” and demonstrate our new cloud-based approach to achieving timing closure for an FPGA design. Opening Mike Holt, Vice-President of the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association, opened the event with […]

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Security has long been one of the first and most pressing questions for the cloud. Users and business owners are naturally wary about placing sensitive data in the hands of a 3rd-party. This is especially true for the semiconductor chip design industry, and rightly so. However, one point which is gaining acceptance is that if […]

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Came across an article on EDN that talks about software piracy in EDA land.Apparently 30% to 40% of all EDA software use is via pirated licenses.Imagine what this means in terms of lost revenue to EDA vendors, and to endusers, it might be argued that a rival design team is spending far less on far more […]

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Came across an interesting discussion on FPGAs and parallelism on LinkedIn: The original poster, Karl Stevens, starts off by asking, In the context of an FPGA, parallelism is an important item. Which kinds of parallelism apply and how much performance is gained? Compared to what?Most kinds of parallelism apply to cpu’s. FPGAs can do register […]

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We are glad to announce significant upgrades to our cloud management platform! Although the frontend online interface looks almost the same, the backend has become a much stronger beast. Essentially we restructured the code to make the platform even more scalable and configurable. Inspired by the recent spate of hacking activities, we also added a […]

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A few days ago, Synopsys announced that they are preparing for their tools to make use of cloud computing. Which was a little strange considering comments to the contrary from both Cadence and Synopsys just a couple of months earlier.“Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus told an audience at the company’s SNUG San Jose users’ […]

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Many hardware designers whom we spoke with, including investors, students, engineers, regardless of whether they work with ASICs or FPGAs, associate cloud computing with utility or cheap computing power. Instead of spending half a million dollars on servers, networking equipment and maintenance, one can simply use a “rental cloud”. While the benefits are commonly touted, in […]

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