Its often that I hear designers talk about analog technologies disappearing from the board and digital and embedded replacing them. They have to be reminded of the analog sockets around the gorilla chips which still account for tens of billions of market across the globe. But, it is a truth that semicon boundaries have blurred to the extent that even traditionally analog business units are borrowing controller technlogy and we are never sure if the device in consideration belongs to the digital or the analog domain.
I think technology is effectively replacing the role of humans here. With the tools getting more and more sophisticated, engineers are not required to have much technical skills in terms of programming. They need to be more skilled with the use of software tools that program the chips. Similarly, the cross-platform factor is also being taken care of by the software tools. All of this is making the tasks for users much easier.
"For example, the emphasis might shift from standard cell design skills to programming skills."
Thanks for interesting article. I agree with your point that " the FPGA and the processor, or other device types, can now be integrated onto one IC". But why do you think this will have an impact on the standard cell design because we can never integrate ASIC libraries in single ICs.
Most of the programmable IC companies offer free tools and IP to help designers use their products. Having used several of these tools I wish there was better documentation, canned examples and product support to enable the user to gain familiarity much more quickly. The common way to develop solutions is to use VHDL or Verilog or a mixture of the two. Most freebie tools support both languages but only some offer mixed VHDL/Verilog support.
Morry, you are right. 5 years back in my company there are separate wings for ASIC and FPGA. When new software and tools are coming, there is no need for any specialized peoples. Both the same can be done by a single person, that means the border line is reducing. Inter operability is possible and now a day’s many engineers are doing multi tasking.
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