[rescue] Total corporate madness (

Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez lefa at ucsc.edu
Mon Aug 11 14:38:38 CDT 2003

> > Once you go FPGA... you never go back. Trust me, it is amazing the amount
> > of stuff you can get done with an FPGA, the problem is that nowadays is a
> > bit of a pain in the ass to do any at home desing because high speed board
> > layout and prototyping is just out of my "budget" and most of the recent
> > parts are geared towards Ball Grid Arrays or other surface mounted stuff.
> > I.e. most of the FPGAs you are bound to use are not socket oriented...
> I'm probably grossly wrong, but the people here make high speed board
> layout look fairly easy, and from the sounds of it, it just isn't
> costing us that much to get boards made and assembled for us.  However,
> they probably aren't choosing to ream us soley because they know that we
> will likely go with them for production when we are ready to.

Sorry I do not believe we are talking about the same concept of "high
speed", I am talking about 100Mhz+ path layouts with at least 8 layers,
and THEY are expensive. The design tools needed ARE expensive, the first runs
are relatively expensive....

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