I have just heard that Bluespec has completed another round of venture financing, bringing in further $1.5M from 4 investors. This is on top of the $18.25M they have previously raised.
Bluespec is a high-level synthesis company that has taken on a completely different path than all of the vendors in this crowded space. Whereas everyone else has jumped on the C, C++, SystemC bandwagon, Bluespec says this is the wrong approach. These languages are based on a sequential execution model and then the synthesis tool attempt to find parallelism that can be extracted from it. Bluespec developed its own language that starts with the maximum possible concurrency and he tool then maps this down to an implementation.
A few years back, there were several competitions related to which language and tool could describe functionality in a more compact manner and who could derive the best implementations. While I cannot remember the exact results, I do seem to remember that Bluespec walked away with most of the prizes. The big obstacle they have to overcome is being based on a different language – but then why is C so natural for an HDL coder anyways? Must be those marketing dollars at work.Brian Bailey
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