Experts Share Experience at IEE FPGA Developers’ Forum

7/17/2003 - A group of the world’s top field-programmable gate array (FPGA) developers have been enlisted to share their expertise with electronics industry at one of Europe’s leading FPGA events, being staged in London by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).

The IEE FPGA Developers’ Forum, supported by Mentor Graphics and Xilinx, will take place on 21 and 22 October, 2003 and will bring together leading industry analysts, technical specialists and commercial developers. The event will be held at The IEE, Savoy Place London.

Internationally recognised industry experts presenting include, Peter Alfke (Xilinx), Malachy Devlin (Nallatech), Seth Goldstein, (Carnegie Mellon), Pat Mead (Altera), Bob Madahar (BAe Systems), Ian Page (Celoxica), Richard Walke (QinetiQ), and Rich Wawrzyniak (Semico Research). The programme will address today’s most pressing issues in FPGA specification, applications, design and development.

“The FPGA industry is at a crossroads: having firmly established itself in digital logical design field it is now taking a firm aim at the SoC market as vendors incorporate microprocessors and mixed signal functionality onto FPGA silicon. This event will bring together many of the key players in this industry to discuss the key aspects of the technology through real life case studies” said Roger Woods, Conference Chair and Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast.

The first day is based around industry experts sharing their experiences in implementing complex systems using FPGA technologies and will address areas such as tools, hardware and software developments.

The second day will involve leading researchers discussing their knowledge of using FPGAs in a range of areas including nanotechnology, software defined radio, aerospace and image processing.

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About FPGA
FPGA is most prevalent in the consumer electronics sector where time to market for new products is brutal. Here FPGA enables products such as personal video recorders, set-top boxes, DVDs, digital modems and digital cameras to be developed in weeks, rather than months or years, as would be the case with an ASIC design.

The FPGA market is currently outperforming the rest of the electronics sector, benefiting from the tight focus on product development costs brought about by the tough economic climate in the IT and telecom sectors. Design teams recognise the benefits that FPGAs offer, namely substantially lower non-recurring engineering costs and substantially faster time to market and associated reduced development costs.

FPGAs enable products to be designed in a high-level software environment literally in days using off-the-shelf silicon. This software-led approach enables designs to be modified at low cost right up to the moment of product shipment as well as in the field. It is these benefits that have made them a firm, effective alternative to ASICs in terms of both development costs and mask costs.

FPGAs have traditionally been targeted at pure logic applications, but are now being used in applications traditionally fulfilled by ASIC devices as vendors incorporate microprocessors and mixed signal functionality onto FPGA silicon.

About the IEE
Founded in 1871, the IEE is the largest professional engineering society in Europe and has a worldwide membership of just under 130,000. These men and women, who have joined together to promote the advancement of electrical, electronic and manufacturing science and engineering, range from students to the most distinguished and highly qualified members of the profession.

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