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Are there any FPGA tool developers out there?

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BrianBailey   3/10/2011 8:56:36 PM
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Thanks for the compliment, and I hope you will share your experiences with us after you have played with it for a while.

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ReneCardenas   3/10/2011 7:24:53 PM
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Brian, Like your article very much, gives a great summary on the company. One feature that I think can make their design flow permeate into more companies is the ECN process improvements. Traceability and design revision control are big items in military and medical companies. I just received announcement of the release 10, so I would have to spend some time learning more while using the 30 day trial version. Thanks

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ReneCardenas   3/10/2011 7:19:01 PM
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Muod (Mike), I was just curious what kind of project did you implement?

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longimanus   2/12/2011 10:01:59 AM
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Brian, nice article. Do you also know Synplicity Synplify (acquired by Synopsys today) for FPGA synthesis? I heavily used Synplify Pro in the past, with some attempts to use Synplify Premier for my designs. It never worked out to rely on Premier for physical synthesis, as both parties, Xilinx and Synplicity/Synopsys, kept rolling out product revisions at quite a high pace - and dealing with complex engineering issues means having at least a subset of steady known working tools and flows in your infrastructure... I really like third-party tools when available as well-integrated design components in the overall design flow, as it was the case for Synplify Pro within the Xilinx tool chain. This gives you a kind of well-defined boundaries in your design flow. For me, it is now and forever only wishful thinking that a single company/tool suite can serve all aspects of circuit design with world-class tools...

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modal   2/11/2011 5:23:03 PM
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Altium I think saves people time by integrating everything into a single design suite for a very low price relative to others out there (Mentor and Cadance).

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Brian at Impulse   2/11/2011 1:18:54 AM
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We at Impulse are FPGA focussed and have hundreds of paying customers designing with FPGAs as their end product. We think FPGAs have a clear role in processing offload, particularly for semi-custom solutions. The tool flow issue is for real unfortunately. Software engineers are quite frustrated with the end-to-end time to really compile a design all the way to hardware. We, as an industry, need to continue to work on that.

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muod   2/10/2011 8:12:42 PM
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I was one of the engineers invited by Altium to develop a reference design using their new design software (then called DXP) and the Nano-Board. It was a joy to use and in the time I spent with them in Sydney I developed a healthy respect for them. I later used it to good effect and made some serious money. My only regret is that with retirement approaching I could not afford to upgrade to v10. Mike Randall

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BrianBailey   2/10/2011 4:18:38 PM
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Altium is a public company, so we can look into their financial statements. They trade on the Australian stock exchange. Last year was not a particularly good year for them - presumably because of the late release of AD10. Their revenues were just over $45M (reported in US $$)a decline of 9% from the previous year. They lost money ($645,000) after making over $4M EBITDA in 2009. So - yes they can sell for $5000 and make money. They employ 275 people.

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mayankap   2/10/2011 4:12:58 PM
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I have been using Altium for almost year for Sch/PCB design but for FPGA development it is not very useful specially when you want to use it as Xilinx EDK (even Altra or Lattice). You can not use all Xilinx IP or the PLB46/LMB bus system and also you dont get good support on that. It is very good tool but not well implemented for FPGA EDK/SDK

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dnelson1d   2/10/2011 2:11:00 PM
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Yeah, $5K for the whole shebang - my biggest concern from these guys is how do they survive with revenues that low. Even with 800 new customers, that's only $4M. Seems like not much money to keep the lights on.

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