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Re: [f-cpu] License issues GPL/LGPL and Juergen Goeritz' SoC

On Tue, Sep 11, 2001 at 11:26:11PM -0400, nicO wrote:
> > >From a more global (visionary? crazy?) point of view, there is no
> > fundamental difference between hard- and software development; they use
> > different terminologies (for historical reasons, I guess), but they both
> > serve the same purpose: implementation of an algorithm.
> It's not crazy at all. Since i have worked for Infineon i didn't imagine
> that so much. I have worked in a team to design an interface. It's just
> a very big finite state machine. But to reduice the size, we defined a
> little 8bits RISC cpu (3 pipelines stages), the fsm has been written by
> software used as a ROM. So we save a lot of gate. We produice a system
> which is a mix of software and hardware for a typical hardware function. 
> Maybe you have heard about codesign ? So you defined the function of
> your system and at a latest possible time you separate hardware and
> software. That's the future for me.

That's not only the future, it's also a piece of history: IIRC, the
first microprocessor was created for exactly the same reasons.

 Michael "Tired" Riepe <Michael.Riepe@stud.uni-hannover.de>
 "All I wanna do is have a little fun before I die"
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