The difference between synthesis and compilation: Compilation turns your code into an ordered sequence of instructions run by the processor. Synthesis turns your HDL into what is essentially physical hardware - more equivalent to the processor itself than the instructions being run on it.
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used on the Mars on EE Times Radio. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.