Panel Topic: Will FPGAs Crack Mobile?
Where and When?: Evening of February 27 at the conference Banquet
- Jonathan Rose, Professor, University of Toronto
- David Rutledge, CTO, Lattice Semiconductor Corp.
- Tim Saxe, CTO, QuickLogic Corp.
- Jim Steele, VP Engineering, Sensor Platforms, Inc.
- Andrew Sultenfuss, Distinguished Engineer, End User Computing CTO Group, Dell Corporation
- Tim Tuan, Sr. Staff Engineer in CTO Office, Xilinx, Inc.
- Satwant Singh, Director Strategic Planning and Ecosystem, Lattice Semiconductor Corp.
Recently, the mobile market has started to drive the semiconductor
industry, as indicated by the increasing share of the semiconductor ICs
purchased by the mobile OEMs. On the other hand, the $5B FPGA industry
does not draw a significant portion of its revenue from this market.
Part of the reason is that the applications in this market require
semiconductor components to have challengingly small power budgets and
sizes. At the same time, given the large volumes involved, the
component cost is an extremely important factor.
On the flip side, the market is fiercely competitive and is constantly
evolving to address emerging usage models and diverse customer
expectations. As an example, 1,040 mobile phones were launched in 2012,
while 759 models were unveiled from January 1, 2013 to September 15,
2013. At a first glance, these characteristics seem to match the
fundamental “field-programmable” value of FPGAs.
What are some of the challenges faced by the OEMs, system designers and
ecosystem developers that can potentially be addressed by the FPGAs?
What functionality do the FPGAs need to provide to meet these
challenges and under what power, size and cost constraints? If FPGAs
cannot meet those constraints, then what are some of the alternative
choices, if any? Or, are there any research questions that, if
answered, can help FPGAs crack mobile?
In this panel, representatives from OEMs, ecosystem solutions
providers, FPGA vendors, as well as, the research community will give
their views on these questions. Each panelist will give a brief summary
of their views, followed by a round of questions from the audience and
some friendly debate.