Duo work to bridge FPGA/DSP gap - Embedded.com

Duo work to bridge FPGA/DSP gap

LONDON — Two U.K. companies, Sundance Multiprocessor Technology (Chesham) and Celoxica (Abingdon), are combining their expertise to provide out-of-the-box digital signal processing (DSP) and FPGA system design solutions. These will be backed up by their established partnerships with Texas Instruments and Xilinx.

Sundance is a supplier and manufacturer of advanced DSP and reconfigurable FPGA systems while Celoxica, which this week announced it is going to float on the U.K.'s AIM, is the a provider of C-based electronic system level (ESL) design and synthesis solutions.

The joint solution made possible by Sundance and Celoxica agreement uses C-based ESL tools to enable system optimizations using off-the-shelf modules and systems to address the critical issues of hardware/software co-design, DSP/FPGA integration, power utilization and cost reductions from design conception through to deployment.

Phil Bishop, president and CEO of Celoxica, said, “System designers commonly choose between DSP for signal processing systems and FPGAs to implement complex algorithms and signal processing systems. Combined they can offer a compelling solution for optimization of power, performance and flexibility.”

Flemming Christensen, managing director of Sundance, added, “With more and more effort now being placed on value-added IP and customization inside a mixed DSP/FPGA system, the addition of C-based design that tackles complex algorithm development in hardware and software is inevitable.”

The result of this partnership is the development of algorithm acceleration solutions for vertical applications. These include C-based IP modules, optimized FPGA hardware accelerators, and reference board prototypes built on Sundance boards programmed using Celoxica software tools. The companies will initially focus their efforts on software-defined radio (SDR) and complex image processing, and will begin rolling out solutions in Q4/05 at the Global Signal Processing Expo (GSPx) in Santa Clara.

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