I just heard from my chum Jason Pecor, who is the vice president of business development over at Superion Technology — an ASIC and FPGA design services and consulting company.
Jason and I have been chatting on the phone about all sorts of interesting things recently, not the least that he and principle design engineer Matt Weber will be presenting a session titled FPGAs in embedded systems: It just keeps getting easier at the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which will take place 4-5 November 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.
As Jason and Matt note in their session description:
Not all embedded designers have experience with FPGA design; for many, the leap to developing FPGAs can present a daunting obstacle. However, FPGA suppliers are giving rise to a new breed of SoC-based FPGAs that combine the power of advanced microprocessor cores with the programmable fabric of a standard FPGA. In addition, new FPGA development flows are opening the door for higher-level languages such as C or OpenCL to be mapped to the FPGA fabric.
In fact, Jason is so looking forward to attending ESC Minneapolis that he created this teaser video describing his and Matt's session in more detail.
Since the folks at Superion use these devices, tools, and techniques in real-world projects for their customers, I think it's safe to say that they know whereof they speak.
So, if you are considering using FPGAs in your future embedded systems, then this is one session you should definitely attend. Have you registered for ESC Minneapolis yet? If not, why not? All I can say is that you'd better sign up quickly before all the good seats are taken!