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Old 05-14-2009, 07:39 PM
Poojan Wagh
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Default Survey: What's a good FPGA-related conference?

Just curious if anyone out there has any recommendations for FPGA
conferences: Which ones provide the most insight into FPGA design
(latest verification, design, methodologies/techniques)? Where have
you learned the most that you can apply to your job?
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:06 PM
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Default Re: Survey: What's a good FPGA-related conference?

On 2009-05-14, Poojan Wagh <[email protected]> wrote:
> Just curious if anyone out there has any recommendations for FPGA
> conferences: Which ones provide the most insight into FPGA design
> (latest verification, design, methodologies/techniques)? Where have
> you learned the most that you can apply to your job?


I have been quite satisfied with FPL the two times I've been there.
The keynote speakers have always been interesting and during the
normal sessions you can always find something which seems interesting.
There are also lots of opportunities to discuss interesting things with
other attendees.

However, I should warn you that I'm in academia and may have other views
on whether a conference is good or not than you do. (I'm guessing that
you are not in academia.) My advice would be to read some of the papers
from FPL before you decide to go there.

/Andreas
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:00 PM
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Default Re: Survey: What's a good FPGA-related conference?

Poojan Wagh wrote:
> Just curious if anyone out there has any recommendations for FPGA
> conferences: Which ones provide the most insight into FPGA design
> (latest verification, design, methodologies/techniques)? Where have
> you learned the most that you can apply to your job?


Useful FPGA design ideas are available on the newsgroup archives
and on google. Real learning occurs by trial and error using
editors, simulators and vendor tools. The surviving conferences
are focused on academia and sales rather than practical design.

-- Mike Treseler
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: Survey: What's a good FPGA-related conference?

Avnet hosts a 1-day, Xilinx-focused "X-Fest" every 18 to 24 months.
Here's a few links from the last time it was held in 2007. The
articles mention that the next one was tentatively planned for 2008,
but that did not happen.

http://www.fpgajournal.com/news_2007/08/20070815_01.htm
http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/518935
http://www.em.avnet.com/evs/home/0,4...html?SUL=xfest

Bryan
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:25 PM
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Default Re: Survey: What's a good FPGA-related conference?

On Fri, 15 May 2009 13:00:00 -0700, Mike Treseler wrote:

>The surviving conferences
>are focused on academia and sales rather than practical design.


I think that's perhaps a little unfair to DesignCon and
DVCon, both of which usually have plenty of very practical
content. But it is certainly true that they tend to be
more ASIC than FPGA focused. And it is also true that
some other well-known conferences emphasise academic
developments (fascinating to tool developers, but less
interesting to design grunts like you and me) at the
expense of practical considerations.

You may well find that the tool vendors' user-group
meetings (Synopsys SNUG, Cadence CDNLive, Mentor u2u)
are a good source of practical know-how. And they tend
to be less expensive to attend than the mainstream
conferences, and to offer events in a wider range of
geographical locations.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:02 PM
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Default Re: Survey: What's a good FPGA-related conference?

The next round of Avnet X-Fest events are scheduled from October 2009
through February 2010.

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/s...87&newsLang=en
www.em.avnet.com/xfest


On May 18, 8:53*am, Bryan <[email protected]> wrote:
> Avnet hosts a 1-day, Xilinx-focused "X-Fest" every 18 to 24 months.
> Here's a few links from the last time it was held in 2007. *The
> articles mention that the next one was tentatively planned for 2008,
> but that did not happen.
>
> http://www.fpgajournal.com/news_2007...526CCD%253DUSA...
>
> Bryan


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