HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Page 1/2  >  >>
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
The sweet spot
Rob Spiegel   7/11/2013 8:46:19 AM
NO RATINGS
Looks like Microsemi hit the sweet spot here with improvements in energy consumption and security. Those are the hot buttons these days.

shehan
User Rank
Gold
Re: The sweet spot
shehan   7/11/2013 7:49:11 PM
NO RATINGS
FPGAs always need compact cost efficient storage, I think it's a good idea to have Flash memory to store the data as it could be accessed at a great speed and uses less power. 

shehan
User Rank
Gold
Re: The sweet spot
shehan   7/11/2013 7:51:34 PM
NO RATINGS
@Rob – Yes energy consumptions on Flash memory are much lower than energy used to power a hard disk. Hard disks have physical components such as the disk and the platter which needs power to fetch the data.

cadstarsucks
User Rank
Iron
This is NOT Microsemi's technology!
cadstarsucks   7/12/2013 8:22:28 AM
NO RATINGS
Give credit where credit is due!  They bought Actel!  It has been around for years, it's just that the blithering idiots in the tech media did not bother reviewing it!

etmax
User Rank
Gold
Re: This is NOT Microsemi's technology!
etmax   7/12/2013 9:19:49 AM
NO RATINGS
Exactly, and why everyone doesn't do this is beyond me, because having to load from an external FLASH device at every power up before you can do something is just plain silly. They should merge this with NXP coolrunner technology to get low power and instant on with one power supply for all those apps that need instant on and want to keep prying eyes out of the design

cadstarsucks
User Rank
Iron
Re: This is NOT Microsemi's technology!
cadstarsucks   7/12/2013 9:33:37 AM
NO RATINGS
the Actel parts were instant on YEARS ago!  The FLASH cells did not control the MUXes - the FLASH cells WERE the MUXes.

 

They have done it that wway for OVER TEN YEARS!  http://www.microsemi.com/document-portal/doc_download/130709-proasic-datasheet  (V3 from 2002)

etmax
User Rank
Gold
Re: This is NOT Microsemi's technology!
etmax   7/12/2013 10:00:42 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes that's right, I remember a sales presentation then. We opted for Xilinx at the time because their tools were more suitable. I mentioned CoolRunner from NXP because apparently some of the power loss that occurs in FPGA's is due to MUXes and while the Actel approach is better than others, the digital gate technology from NXP uses much less power again at the expense of some realestate.

cadstarsucks
User Rank
Iron
Re: This is NOT Microsemi's technology!
cadstarsucks   7/12/2013 10:20:32 AM
NO RATINGS
Sorry, I just get real pissy when i see people taking credit for other's accomplishments.  Fact is Actel's FGPAs were zero power back then.

For Microsemi or any of the other big players to brag about it is tantamount to false advertising.  Microsemi did not develope this, they bought it.  It is not new by any stretch.  That Actel fell is just another example of sales budget discrepancy. 

They had FAR superior products that what was on the market at any given time, they just did not have the demand to make them monsters.  Their flash structures made them naturally RAD hard, they were liturally the only game in town for that.

etmax
User Rank
Gold
Re: This is NOT Microsemi's technology!
etmax   7/12/2013 11:13:55 AM
NO RATINGS
Yep, remember the RAD hard line as well. You're right, there's too much of this happening, and not just in electronics. Remember when Apple tried to sue the world for using "their" windows & mouse concept? By the way, I like your handle :-) They bought OrCAD and screwed it.

cadstarsucks
User Rank
Iron
Re: This is NOT Microsemi's technology!
cadstarsucks   7/12/2013 11:32:36 AM
NO RATINGS
lol thanks ... Puken-Redac put out crap 15 years ago and still does!

Apple has been shot down now for the rubberbanding crap and for price fixing e-books.  They will be apealing but hopefully will be laughed out of court.

Samsung has asked for a ban and now a University has as well... Serve them right if they have their entire product line banned for the christmas buying season!

Page 1/2  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
3D printing is now adding value to manufacturers at all steps along the business value chain. Come find out how at a talk by John Jaddou at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
From IoT and M2M to flexible robotics and consumer HMI, the advances in smart manufacturing are being deployed on the packaging floor.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 8 - 12, Getting Hands On with Arduino Mechatronics
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service