Kevin Morris’ latest Development Environment Manifesto reads like it’s talking about Xilinx SDx tools
This week, Techfocus Media’s President Kevin Morris wrote the following in an article published on the EEJournal Web site:
“Designers of FPGA tools should take heed. There is a vast number of different types of users entering the FPGA domain, and the majority are not FPGA experts. If FPGAs are to expand into the numerous new and exciting markets for which they’re suitable, the primary battleground will be tools, not chips. New users should not have to learn FPGA-ese in order to get an FPGA to work in their system. At some point, people with little or no hardware expertise at all will need to be able to customize the function of FPGAs.”
In a nutshell, this paragraph describes the philosophy behind the Xilinx SDx Development Environments including SDAccel, SDSoC, and SDNet. These application-specific development environments are designed to allow people versed in software engineering and other disciplines to get a hardware performance boost from Xilinx All Programmable devices without the need to become FPGA experts (in Morris’ terminology).
Later in the article, Morris writes:
“Higher levels of abstraction in design creation need to replace HDL. System-level design tools need to take into account both the hardware and software components of an application. Tools – particularly lower-level implementation tools such as synthesis and place-and-route – need to move ever closer to full automation.”
He might as well be writing about the Xilinx SDSoC development environment. If this is the sort of development tool you seek, you might want to check it out.
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November 12, 2016 at 12:27AM