Everyone who knows me knows that I have several passions – things within the industry that I care about. One of those is startups. They are the lifeblood of our industry, the place where most of the innovation happens and where new methodologies incubate. Another passion is prototyping. I was going to write a book on this subject before Synopsys beat me to it last year, but I am going to be doing a book preview on that just momentarily.
Combining those two made my ears stand upright when I was sent a press release about a new startup company in the prototyping field. Their name is Polaris Designs and they just bought the assets of IRIS Technologies who have been building prototypes based on Altera FPGAs. This is a departure from the rest of the industry that use Xilinx chips for prototypes and something I will attempt to find out the logic behind.
At the moment, it would appear as if the customer base is in Japan, even though the company is based in the US (Santa Clara, California).
They are shipping both single FPGA prototyping boards as well as multi-FPGA boards, but the website providers few details about partitioning and mapping software, or the levels of debug attainable with the boards.
Brian Bailey – keeping you covered
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