Joe Mallet, Synopsys
EETimes (9/13/2017 03:50 PM EDT)
As FPGA-based realizations become bigger and more complex, synthesis tools that deliver an automated flow are the obvious choice for creating optimized designs in a timely manner.
The market is changing for FPGAs due to advancements in low power, high performance, and lower cost, all of which are increasing FPGA adoption into datacenter applications like network switches, CPUs, and network acceleration.
The growing need for FPGAs in these types of applications is being driven by the fact that they can achieve the desired processing throughput and latency requirements. With increasing amounts of data to process from very large data sets, FPGAs are a good fit to handle the acceleration required by these types of applications. While the flexibility of FPGAs is an advantage for FPGA designers, it also poses challenges in that -- in addition to the hardware -- the designers must implement the drivers, software, and application layers for these applications. Furthermore, they will need to achieve the best quality of results (QoR) for performance and area, accelerated runtimes, and deep debug to help accelerate system design and get to the market quickly.
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