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Keynote 2019: RISC-V and the Future of Computing

Ted Speers, Head of Product Architecture and Planning, Technical Fellow at Microchip Technology Inc., has promised a ‘thought provoking, historical and interesting’ opening keynote at FPGA-forum 2019.

A useful way to look at a computer system is to view it an organism comprised of nerve endings (devices, sensors and actuators), nerves (gateways and transport) and the brain (data centers and the cloud). We’ve gone through at least three major stages of evolution of this organism, starting with telephony and moving to computing and then mobile.  In this talk, we’ll review how this system has evolved, how value was captured at each stage of evolution and project how this system is poised to evolve in the post Moore’s Law era and the role that the RISC-V ISA will play in that evolution.

Maybe we will also hear something about the acquisition of Microsemi?


Ted Speers is head of product architecture and planning for the programable solutions business unit at Microsemi, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip Technology, where he is responsible for defining the roadmap for low power, secure, reliable FPGAs and SoC FPGAs. He joined Microsemi in 1987 and held roles in process engineering and product engineering before assuming his current role in 2003. Ted is a Technical Fellow and co-inventor on 35 U.S. patents. Prior to joining Microsemi, he worked at LSI Logic. He has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Cornell University. Ted has been a member of the RISC-V Foundation Board of Directors since its inception in 2016.

New Keynote speaker

Craig Davis will do the Opening Keynote.

Craig is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for High-end and mid-range FPGAs at Intel PSG, and as such probably just the right person for an opening keynote at FPGA-forum.

Closing keynotes from leading Norwegian companies

The closing keynotes for FPGA-forum 2018 are now decided:

Day 1: Closing Keynote:

  • Tomra, Presenter TBD
    The story of TOMRA. From a small Norwegian start-up to a large international company with a global footprint.
    TOMRA was founded on an innovation for return of empty beverage containers more than forty years ago. In a small shed in Asker, Norway, the brothers Petter and Tore Planke created a solution to a problem: a local grocer wanted a machine that could quickly and easily take back empty bottles. This was the beginning of TOMRA.
    Today TOMRA is much more than just reverse vending machines. The company also brings its expertise in sensor-based technologies to other areas – like food sorting, municipal waste recycling, and mining.
    A spirit of entrepreneurship, a passion for innovation and a focus on finding solutions guide TOMRA to this day. From the world’s first reverse vending machine in 1972, all the way to providing the most innovative sensor-based sorting solutions today, TOMRA has continuously redefined what it means to be innovative.

Day 2: Closing Keynotes:

  • Erik N. Steen, Chief Engineer, GE Cardiovascular Ultrasound
    Vivid E95 with cSound – A highly flexible system architecture
    – GEVU history/background
    – Quick introduction to cardiovascular ultrasound
    – Product introduction of Vivid E95 and overall architecture
    – The role of FPGAs in our system architecture (both passed and present)
    – Thoughts for the future
  • ARM, Presenter TBD
    ARM Mali graphics processors, the history and the technology
    Abstract to come