List and comparison of FPGA companies

With the top two FPGA companies taking up 89% of the FPGA market, you can be forgiven for thinking there was no one else out there. Xilinx and Altera have done a good job of defending the duopoly but a few companies are gradually winning market share by targeting...

How to melt an FPGA

Recently I was asked this question by a reader: “Is it possible to make a design large enough to make the FPGA melt?”. I don’t know why you would want to melt an FPGA, but the idea is interesting so its worth writing about. I’ve actually had...

Clocks, resets and wild goose chases

There’s a problem that I believe costs design companies billions of dollars a year whether they’re in hardware, software or FPGA design. The problem is hard to control, difficult to monitor and impossible to predict. The problem is bad design practice....

Is Xilinx losing to the competition?

I recently read an interesting article on Xilinx’s position with respect to its competitors: Is Xilinx Good Enough for You? As someone who works mainly with Xilinx FPGAs, I find it important to know how they are faring competitively. If one day a competitor...

The Virtex-6 based ML605

Forget about the ML505. The ML605 just made it obsolete. Not because of the Virtex-6 or the 8-lane PCIe or the DDR3… You need the ML605 because it has two FMC expansion connectors, one high-pin count and one low-pin count. You could do practically anything with...