SOURCE: Conference Concepts

December 01, 2008 08:00 ET

Attendees of the First Annual FPGA Summit Will Get Hands-On Experience in Popular Programmable Logic Devices

Special Sessions Led by FPGA Experts Invite Audience Participation

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - The first annual FPGA Summit, the only full conference dedicated entirely to the multi-billion dollar market for FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays), will be held on December 9-11 at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose, California and will feature special sessions that offer hands-on experience in programmable logic devices:

"Embedded Design Hands-On Seminar Featuring LabVIEW Real-Time, LabVIEW FPGA, and Compact CIO." Tuesday, December 9, 8:30 AM - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

Learn National Instruments' graphical design methods for rapid implementation of FPGAs in a variety of applications including control, instrumentation, and communications.

"Synchronous DRAM Interfaces in FPGAs." Tuesday, December 9, 8:30 AM - Noon.

Learn Xilinx's methods for interfacing high-bandwidth memory systems for use in DSP, image processing, computing, and software acceleration applications.

"An Introduction to Embedded Development Kit (EDK) and the MicroBlaze (processor core)." Tuesday, December 9, 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

Learn from Avnet how to use the latest Xilinx development kit and the on-board processor for DSP, image processing, high-performance computing, and software acceleration.

In addition to these special sessions, the following events will be offered at no cost to Summit attendees:

--  Year in Review Panel - offers a broad-based overview of what has
    happened in the last year and what needs to happen now.
--  Top Ten Things Panel - invites attendees to participate in the
    development of a list of what you need to know about FPGAs today.
--  Customers Talk Back Session - users explain why they chose FPGAs, how
    their implementations went, and what they would like to see from vendors.
--  Market Research Session - analysts from The Linley Group, Gary Smith
    EDA, and Venture Development Corporation will identify trends, analyze
    markets, and recommend strategies.

Produced by Conference ConCepts, Inc. and chaired by Kevin Morris, founder and president of Techfocus Media and Editor of FPGA Journal, the FPGA Summit will focus on the widespread adoption of FPGAs in aerospace, military, defense, communications, wireless, networking, instrumentation, process and industrial control, automotive, and consumer applications. Attendees will learn about FPGA-based design and system development, including how and when to use FPGAs instead of ASICs, custom chips, and processors; new verification methods; high-level design tools; and special design techniques for low-power systems, rugged environments, and cost-critical systems. Attendees will also gain an understanding of new application areas such as DSP, reconfigurable computing, and high-performance computing.

Complimentary press/analyst registration is available at, or by contacting ZNA Communications: (831) 425-1581,

About the FPGA Summit

The FPGA Summit is the only practitioner-oriented conference dedicated entirely to FPGAs and their applications. It is intended for system designers, hardware and software engineers, product marketing and marketing communications specialists, test engineers, and engineering and marketing managers. It features keynotes, half-day tutorials, paper and panel sessions, and expert tables. Subjects include reconfigurable computing, communications/networking applications, DSP applications, verification, military/defense applications, low-power design, computer applications, market research, design tips, testing and reliability, on-board processors, security. The Summit also includes exhibits of the latest products. For more information, visit

About Conference ConCepts, Inc.

Founded in 1994, Conference ConCepts is a full-service professional conference and association management company that provides extensive capabilities in all aspects of technical conference management. Conference ConCepts develops and produces events both on its own, and in partnership with associations, corporations, and publishers. The skill sets of the company's employees and contractors, representing over 200 cumulative years of experience, enables Conference ConCepts to offer clients a choice of services, ranging from assistance with a single aspect of a conference to the complete development and administration of a full-fledged "turnkey" event. For more information about Conference ConCepts, visit:

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Dr. Lance Leventhal
    FPGA Summit Program Chairperson
    (858) 756-3327
    Email Contact

    Judy Plummer
    ZNA Communications
    (831) 425-1581
    Email Contact