I agree with Andy's comment that sometimes TTM pressures create the motivation for innovating your way out of a product design challenge. Like the old saying goes, "necessity is the mother of invention."
All too often, large companies separate out innovation (patent-oriented R&D) from product development. Even though there is more and more IP re-use in product development, there is still a need -- some might say now more than ever -- for innovation and invention in the TTM-driven product teams.
Startups and smaller design companies where engineers wear multiple hats seem to inherently realize this.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...