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15 Apr, 2013

What is an FPGA?

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls In the early days of embedded systems, software engineers typically had some understanding of hardware design. Indeed, in many cases, it was the hardware designer who implemented the software. Over the years, as the amount of software development has increased, engineers have become less and less “hardware aware”. I find this transition interesting from the viewpoint of an embedded software … Read More

Verilog, RTOS, VHDL, FPGA, MicroBlaze, NIOS, Nucleus

6 Feb, 2012

More on System-C

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls

Some weeks ago, I published a posting from my colleague Richard Vlamynck, who was explaining the ideas behind System-C and modeling at different levels of abstraction. He promised to write more and I was very pleased to receive a new contribution … It’s just me again, blogging about hardware models in general and System-C in particular. Earlier, I’d mentioned the fact that System-C can be used

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VHDL, System-C, Precision, Handel-C, Verilog

28 Nov, 2011

Colin Walls I recent wrote about the similarity in software and hardware design, as they are both performed by writing code in a high level programming language. My colleague Richard Vlamynck, wrote to me, suggesting that he might be able to usefully expand on this topic. He is an unusual guy, even within Mentor Graphics, as he is a modern day “Renaissance man” – he has a very good understanding … Read More

Precision, VHDL, System-C

31 Oct, 2011

Hardware designers and software

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As I work for a company that has traditionally had a strong focus on hardware design, I am particularly interested in the relationship between hardware and software development and the synergies between the two disciplines. Previously, I have discussed the dominance of software in modern designs [here] and the relationships in the EDA world [here]. But today I want to think about how hardware guys actually … Read More

Hardware, Verilog, VHDL, hardware design

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