FPGA Insights has engaged in an exclusive interview with Dr. Vasanth Kumar, Senior FPGA Design Engineer at Assystem Technologies India Pvt Ltd
Q1) Can you provide an overview of your experience with FPGA design projects mentioning a few that you’ve worked on, starting with a brief introduction?
FPGA devices are one of the great configurable hardware we have today which can be used in almost all areas that we see today. I don’t see any area where we have no FPGA hardware involved. I have worked from Low-frequency FPGA design to High-frequency design. My work has been in the wireless domain of FPGA design and services. Few projects are on Do 254 standards.
Q2) Can you explain the benefits of using FPGAs over other types of processors?
As described earlier the FPGA itself is configurable which means you can write and erase the number of times if this can be explained in layman language. Processor on the other hand can’t be configurable like FPGA devices.
Q3) What are the most significant trends observed in the FPGA industry over the past year? How will these trends shape the industry’s future?
Since many applications in the present scenario are complex in nature where lot of processing needs to be done in a shorter time where we need no latency and faster throughput. Future FPGAs will be more complex in nature where we will have almost all hardware components on the same board needed for any complex project which can offer very good performance and handle very complex operations.
Q4) How do you see FPGA development evolving to meet the demands of modern applications and complex workloads?
In the older generation, FPGAs had limited resources on board and applications were not so complex in nature. Nowadays we see a trend where multiple complex applications can be performed at almost the same time as before with no latency or faster throughput performance. Recent FPGA device itself is complex where we have fast design component as well as low-frequency design component on the same FPGAs
Q5) Key drivers behind the increasing adoption of FPGAs in various applications and industries?
The main idea behind is configurable in nature and the power of performance offered by some of the latest generation FPGAs
Q6) Sectors that stand to benefit the most from FPGA integration, and why?
Almost all sectors which have complex applications need some of the best FPGAs in the world.
Q7) The role of FPGAs in accelerating AI applications and advancements expected in the near future.
The work is already being done to integrate AI into FPGAs. I would think that some more work needs to be done in this direction to make it a more efficient and superpower Performance device.
Q8) Ensuring the security and integrity of FPGA designs, especially in sensitive applications like finance and defense.
Security is hardcoded into some of the latest-generation FPGAs. Separate Third-party security IPs are also available to explore.
Q9) Advice for students and professionals interested in pursuing a career in FPGA development to stay updated with the latest trends and technologies.
Learning fast is the key and updated with the latest skills needed to be on the fast track to achieve success with FPGA’s journey. Focus is the main thing.