Funbase project focuses on FPGA-based embedded product development.
Immediate drivers are customer driven, networked development and design
effort saving methods. Special goal is to make FPGA technology
accessible to SW engineers without special HW experience.
Duration 11.6.2009 - 31.8.2011
Total effort 208 person months
Tekes Ubicom Embedded ICT programme
Coordination & contacts: Desagent Oy, Markku Heinonen, and Tampere University of Technology, Timo D. Hamalainen
Industrial embedded product business has been changing from the
traditional waterfall model to agile development. Customers demand
product customization also for small product series, but the life cycle
of deployed products may still be long and require upgrades. Both
products and platforms are updated possibly independently along time.
This demands rapid transfer of legacy functionality to new platforms,
adoption of new features and mastering large set of product
configurations for different countries, customers and partners.
FPGAs can nowadays include multiple hard- and soft processor
cores in addition to traditional IP-blocks. Although offering
flexibility, performance and cost effectivity, the challenge is managing
the overall complexity.
- Rapid transfer of legacy functionality to new platforms
- Quick adoption of new features to current platforms
- Mastering product configurations for different countries, customers and partners
- SW engineers may adopt HW platforms development
Machine vision, image and video processing and industrial automation
products including FPGAs. Typical applications include high-speed
streaming, DSP, analysis and control algorithms.