Bitvis is the leading independent FPGA design centre in Norway, and also recognised abroad for our methodology for efficient and high quality development.
Our two-day course on 'FPGA Development Best Practices' has been held in three different countries - with great feedback, and our internationally acclaimed VHDL testbench library is now free and open source (Bitvis Utility Library).
FPGA technology and related tool experience
- MicroSemi (Actel)
Third party Simulators
Design and Verification languages
FPGAs are excellent for most applications.
They allow far more flexible embedded (electronic) systems as the hardware is programmable, - and for most technologies alse re-programmable.
An FPGA may offer a performance that is not possible to achieve with any microcontroller, processor, DSP or even GPU.
In lots of electronic systems an FPGA will reduce the total product cost - in particular due to the higher integration - resulting in fewer components and a smaller product.
The higher integration also significantly improves the quality of the product and the MTBF.
FPGAs have lots of advantages over other technologies, but they are not ALWAYS the right solution. We have the experience to help you making a good system solution.
There are numerous challenges and pitfalls when designing a complex FPGA. Even though an FPGA is designed using a software like approach, it is extremely important to be aware that this is actually real hardware. Hence a detailed understanding of Digital design is required for most applications.
The major challenges are design architecure, parallelism, timing, clock domain crossing, verification structure and approach, HW understanding, performancem cycle relations, and sometimes also low power, design for testability, etc.
Designers seem to fall into almost the same pitfalls time after time, and unfortunately that is seen as a general problem when using FPGAs.
It is however possible to handle the challenges in a structured manner and to avoid the pitfalls. This is only a question of structure, methodology, knowledge and experience. To our knowledge Bitvis is the only design centre in Norway that is being really pro-active in this area.
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