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re: Viewpoint: Why programmability is now a game changer
Bassman63   10/1/2009 9:45:20 PM
I agree that FPGAs are going to take up most of the designs but one point people seem to miss is that they compare an SoC with a chip. That?s an apples to oranges comparison. You need to compare the SoC with the end system. How much would the end system cost without the SoC. That brings a lot more designs into the SoC camp.

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re: Viewpoint: Why programmability is now a game changer
Mapou   9/10/2009 7:24:53 PM
Great article. The processor industry is heading straight toward disaster. Worse, they are taking their customers with them. Intel, AMD, IBM and the others are applying tremendous pressure on the software industry to adopt multithreading as the de facto parallel programming model even though they know full well that multithreading is not part of the future of computing. Billions will be wasted on converting applications for the current crop of multicore processors. Multithreading is an abomination and the powers that be know it. They also know the solution (I've been saying it for years) but they have way too much invested in last century's paradigms to change strategy at this late stage of the game. Too bad. Sooner or later, a maverick startup will pop out of nowhere with the real solution that will blow everyone else out of the water. And then there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Intel, especially has a lot to lose. They should tread carefully because being a behemoth is no guarantee of invincibility in this business. *** Google or Bing "How to Solve the Parallel Programming Crisis" if you want to find out more.

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