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Old 24th Apr 2012, 10:49   #1
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Algotochip launches code-to-hardware service

Start-up Algotochip has launched a service which can turn a C-code algorithm into a physical chip in just eight weeks.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...4/algotochip/1
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Old 24th Apr 2012, 12:06   #2
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Not sure if this is detrimental to the value of my in-progress computer systems engineering degree or not..
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Old 24th Apr 2012, 12:12   #3
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Not sure if this is detrimental to the value of my in-progress computer systems engineering degree or not..
Not really, they still need people skilled in Verilog and chip design to develop the tools needed for such a service! Besides, this is only useful for fairly simple chip designs.

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Hmmm I guess it means a bigger industry for people like me who know VHDL/Verilog as well as C.

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So, you could write the program on the chip, have the interface via something like HDMI out, something like that?

Or is it a specific kind of C?
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@AmEv the interface is via the pins on the chip. This is for embedding algorithms that are run so many times on a given piece of hardware that it makes more sense to dedicate a chip to the task than to run it in software. The given example is a chip that runs complex algorithms on wireless data to help increase bandwidth.
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Ah. Still, that would be something to have a chip dedicated to have pure F@H.
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Ah. Still, that would be something to have a chip dedicated to have pure F@H.
Bad idea - you'd need to design and fab a new chip every time they change their algorithms...
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