After getting some pretty good responses to a request for perspectives on Tabula, we are going to the well again to ask for reader responses to Actel's new SmartFusion family.
Last week I asked readers to weigh in on startup Tabula Inc.'s newly announced Spacetime architecture. We ended up getting a fairly high number of responses, which for the most part were pretty detailed and interesting. Thanks to those who took the time to share their perspective on what turned out to be a pretty popular story among readers of PLDL and EE Times.
At the risk of pushing my luck, this week I wanted to go to the reader well one more time for some perspectives on another piece of pretty significant news announced last week: Actel Corp.'s SmartFusion family, which offer programmable logic fabric, programmable analog blocks and a complete microcontroller subsystem built around a hard ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
This was another one that fell into the category of something that looked pretty darn good on paper. Talking with some analysts and colleagues, I sensed there was general agreement that Actel was doing something pretty groundbreaking.
But again, I felt the need to solicit the opinions of those with the most skin in the game: the readers of PLDL, who are using programmable logic every day. What's your take on this new product family? Does SmartFusion offer capabilities that are needed and will be warmly embraced, or will the combination of different device types scare people away? Is SmartFusion destined to be a winner?