It's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Not so long ago I couldn’t have published a story about Electronic Design News (EDN) magazine (at least, not a nice story), because they were the enemy.
Then in the latter part of last year, UBM acquired Canon Communications, with the result that EDN became part of the EE Times Group. Thus, they are now us and we are them ... sort of thing.
I'm too young for all of this!
But we digress... I just heard from the folks at GateRocket that they are a finalist in the EDN Innovation Awards for their FPGA debug technology (did you know that they were also awarded the DesignVision award for best IC Design Tool at DesignCon from EE Times' very own Brian Fuller?).
The folks at EDN say that their annual Innovator and Innovation of the Year competition was designed more than two decades ago with one goal in mind: to find, recognize, and promote the people and products that truly inspire the engineering world.
Click Here to review complete writeups of each finalist and to cast your online ballot (just remember that you're supposed to be voting for the folks at GateRocket [grin])
A vote for GateRocket is really a vote for FPGA tools in general and the need for them to keep pace with FPGA designers' needs. The fact that GateRocket was nominated in the ASIC tool category says alot (for one it says there is no FPGA tool category). It supports the trend discussed by Altera, Xilinx, Qualcomm, Cadence and GateRocket at a DesignCon panel earlier this month (http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4212788/DesignCon--FPGA-caveman-lag-in-tools-). FPGA size and complexity mandate that designers be armed with serious design tools, and GateRocket is among a group of dedicated FPGA tools specialists answering that need.
Max, Thank you for posting this note.
GateRocket is the only tool in the EDA Tools category that is focused on advanced FPGA designers. FPGAs are used in advanced systems and as ASIC/ASSP prototypes and we help each of these users.
We are honored to be included with many great companies and appreciate the vote from each and every FPGA designer.
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