I finally read enough articles about high level synthesis (HLS) that give a sense of hype that just didn’t seem to be matched by what I’ve heard. Now hype is pretty subjective, but numbers are not. For example, the High Level Synthesis group on LinkedIn only has 66 members (including myself!); compare that to the FPGA – Field Programmable Gate Array group which has 22,931 members (also including myself). If we were to suppose that HLS tools target FPGA users – which most tools (such as Vivado HLS, NEC CyberWorkbench, ImpulseC, etc.) do, and assuming that both FPGA users and HLS users have a LinkedIn account, then we might conclude from these numbers that less than 0.3% of FPGA users are interested in HLS.
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Something occurred to me the other day as I was explaining a typical example of disruptive innovation as given in The Innovator’s Dilemma: how Japanese motorcycles (Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha) disrupted the existing heavy motorcycles made by Harley-Davidson and BMW.
Both are fine motorcycles if you ask me, they just fulfill different needs (somehow I have trouble imagining Sons of Anarchy riding 125CC Hondas).
(this is a copy of a post I wrote as a Guest Blogger, the original can be found here)
Two weeks ago my associate and myself attended the DATE conference to meet people and try to get new leads. This year, the conference took place in Dresden, Germany, which is at the heart of the “Silicon Saxony”, with no less than 40,000 jobs mostly in the semiconductor industry, so we were expecting a lot. If you’re not familiar with the conference, according to their website, “DATE combines the world’s favorite electronic systems design and test conference with an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, from system-level hardware and software implementation right down to integrated circuit design.” We had high expectations, and in the end we were quite disappointed. Granted, receptions (exhibition reception and DATE party) featured very good food and the party even included a visit of Volkswagen’s awesome luxury car plant. The staff was professional and nice, and we were lucky to have a neighbor who gave us an interesting perspective and helpful advice. What about the actual exhibition?
First, DATE is not cheap. Special start-up price is 2K€ ($2.7K). I just looked up DAC, it has a special “first exhibitor” package, for a mere $1.5K. DAC is about three times bigger, too. Concerning attendance, I was able to find numbers here and on the websites for the previous editions. There were 625 exhibition visitors in 2010, increased to 890 in 2011 (probably due to the presence of GlobalFoundries), and 800 in 2012 and 2013; the number of conference attendees has been around 1,300 and now is around 1,400. I couldn’t find any other statistics. By contrast, DAC compiles in-depth statistics about its visitors, including demographics and an event audit.