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Goodbye GateRocket, we hardly knew ye…

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Rick M
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Rick M   8/4/2011 10:52:28 PM
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I had a personal audience with the two principals of the company when they first introduced the RocketDrive. They demonstrated it to me and my colleague a few years ago. It was a very interesting concept to say the least. Their downfall was tying it into torMentor's VERY EXPENSIVE AND OUTDATED (Modelsim SE Deluxe??? - $$gazillion/seat) tool chain along with only running on UNIX/LINUX OS. This was not a good choice. Very few people (other than government agencies - who knew!) have this combination of tool flow and OS. They would have been much more successful if they would have created an external hard-drive version with a internal memory buffer and eSATA/USB interface. They then should have written their own simulator/viewer instead of using the more expensive version of Modelsim with the API option. This priced them out of the market. Most engineers and companies cannot qualify $50,000 for a single tool seat to accelerate debug and verification. They would rather hire an intern.

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William.Hood   8/4/2011 3:13:04 PM
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I seem to remember a very similar type of system back in the 1990's by a company called IKOS. I used it more as a fast ASIC simulator but I believe they used massive FPGAs in their platform as well. Sad to see these guys go.

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jackOfManyTrades   8/4/2011 7:23:56 AM
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I've been out of logic design for 3 years, so perhaps things have changed. Do people really do logic design on a PC? We learnt the hard way that the best way to do logic design is on proper, grown up IT, in a data centre, looked after by professionals.

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KB3001   8/3/2011 5:08:58 PM
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The market is not big enough. I do not see things changing much as long as no standard hardware and software interfaces emerge.

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Max The Magnificent   8/3/2011 4:17:51 PM
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I really don't know what to say (and it's not often you will hear me saying that)...

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