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The ESL battle for hearts and minds

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re: The ESL battle for hearts and minds
simonapper   7/11/2009 12:57:21 AM
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If you only listen to the claims of the vendor and ignore what the leading edge users have been saying, you are likely to be confused. We claim that top tier semiconductor companies are using PICO Extreme to build large production designs from C code. The complexity of these designs cannot be matched by any other tool out there without resorting to either explicit (not synthesized) assembly or low-level RTL style programming, which will, of course, result in significantly lower productivity gains. We are talking 10X vs 2X for large, complex designs. All products ate in the phase where the technologies are moving quickly. For example, in the last six months, Synfora has announced new advances in low power and low area using features that no other tool has because good QoR is extremely important for the adoption of these tools. There are now a set of advanced users and ESNUG provides more in depth reviews. To sort out the real from the hype, I suggest that people review the Top Ten Guidelines for ESL Implementation on the Synfora website (look in the bottom right hand corner)

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