FPGA Straight Talk: Benefits Tempered by Expense, Programmer Dearth

Mohammad Darwish, AdvancedIO Systems

If anybody came to Mohammad Darwish's TradeTech discussion on hardware acceleration expecting to be talked into an FPGA-based strategy, they were dead wrong. They might have left less enthusiastic and, probably, very confused. Darwish isn't an FPGA basher, or an apostle of software-only solutions. His company, AdvancedIO Systems, sells latency-reducing hardware, including FPGA. In fact, it recently published a white paper with Cisco and programming consultant and vendor MayStreet—whose