Updating Legacy Systems the FPGA Way

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, FPGA, legacy, SoC/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

It is a scenario many embedded-systems designers recognize. An existing design needs an update. That could include Internet connectivity to bring the system into the Internet of Things (IoT). Along with that might come requirements for deeper security. And given the current enthusiasm for all things artificially intelligent, there may be new needs for deep-learning […]

Opening Windows into SoC Hardware

CATEGORIES : SoC, System Management/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

There is a long tradition in system design for embedding special hardware to observe and manipulate the state of the system. From the beginning of digital computing, central processors have had hardware to support single-step, loading and examination of registers and memory, and setting of breakpoints for software debugging. Much later chronologically but early in […]

When System Designers Must Care About Silicon IP

CATEGORIES : All, Automotive, intellectual property, SoC/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

As systems-on-chips move into next-big-thing markets like autonomous vehicles or the Internet of Things (IoT), SoC designers are facing new kinds of requirements—environmental, life-cycle, reliability, and security, for example—completely foreign to their experience in consumer or communications applications. These requirements, in turn, are changing the way SoC developers must evaluate and integrate intellectual property (IP). […]

System on Chip, or System on Chips: The Many Paths to Integration


System on chip means putting everything you can on one die. Only lack of technology, major process incompatibility, or physically running out of real estate have seemed valid excuses for taking a multi-die approach to integration. But these ideas are ending. Today new options, including lower-cost multi-die packaging, novel uses of high-speed serial transceivers, and […]

Flash Upends the Data Center


Perhaps you could call it a tipping point. For years the increasing density of flash memory chips has meant more room for media on smart phones, cameras, and media players. And far more powerful flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) have enabled new tablet and notebook computers, and have begun quietly appearing in data centers. But suddenly […]