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Survey finds use of ESL, FPGAs expected to increase

Posted: 02 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The design community is planning a significant increase in electronic system level (ESL) methodology adoption, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Celoxica Inc. and Electronics Weekly.

According to the survey results, 40 percent of the market for ESL tools is found outside the realm of hardware and semiconductor design and thus not regularly polled by traditional analysis.

Eighty-six percent of designers who responded reported no training in ESL design languages and nearly one quarter cited education and training as a key issue in encouraging ESL adoption.

The survey found that 58 percent of designers intend to increase their use of ESL design, with SystemC usage set to increase three-fold in next design projects. In 2006, 20 percent of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designs will exceed 5 million gates and more than two-thirds of designers will use FPGAs coupled to an embedded processor, off-chip processor or DSP, according to the survey.

The survey pointed to the growing use of FPGA and ESL by users not traditionally responsible for hardware design. More than half of algorithm developers reported using FPGA devices in their end products and production FPGA usage was also high among systems and software engineers. This same group also reported the highest intent to use ESL tools in their next design projects.

"The survey confirms our experience that ESL design and programmable silicon are pushing the boundaries of EDA growth," said Jeff Jussel, vice president of marketing for Celoxica, in a statement. "We are seeing adoption of ESL design acceleration across the board. Increasing size, complexity and the use of multiple hardware and software components and SoC in new designs mean that trend will continue."

Seven hundred and twenty three designers responded to more than 30 questions about current and future design activity in the survey, which was conducted between mid-May and mid-July.

Celoxica (Abingdon, England) said the complete survey results and analysis could be found on the company's Web site.

- EE Times

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