- Dec 19, 2005
Intel-branded FPGAs? Would be interesting. So far Intel hasn't done much in the area of programmable logic. Might be that they see an expansion opportunity there.
As long as they don't make the Altera FPGA dev tools even worse, it's fine with me
I haven't actually tried theirs yet. I just started digging into Xilinx ISE a bit. For what I'm doing it seemed to make sense. Not to mention I don't code, and like the schematic design element. I do audio circuits, so nothing terribly complex. There's also a Xilinx CPLD that has a wider power supply/IO range that makes it easier to interface with what I'm doing.
I've seen a pretty cool device made on the Cyclone though, so that's why I've been looking at Altera a bit.
After thinking about it a bit, I was thinking that Intel's interest may be in the SoC areas for expanding their mobile side a bit.
They are a manufacturer of programable logic devices. I know some high end networking gear uses FPGAs and they offer automotive variants of their devices so presumablly there must be some automotive applicaitons but still "maker of chips for networks and cars" is a very strange way to describe them.Altera, a maker of chips for networks and cars
Phones are mass-market and power-constrained so they use custom silicon not programable logic. I can think of a couple of reasons why intel would be interested in altera.After thinking about it a bit, I was thinking that Intel's interest may be in the SoC areas for expanding their mobile side a bit.