By whygee on Friday 14 November 2008, 19:12 - More or less related
A few days ago, I was contacted by a teacher from a french research laboratory (http://www.femto-st.fr/) who wants to integrate a softcore into a Xilinx FPGA. He tried to integrate a LEON into a 200k gates array without success. Knowing that I worked on F-CPU and now on something else, we started to talk. I had estimated that YASEP-16 could fit in one half of a 250kG Actel chip
Now it seems that his student is starting to dive into the whole mess that I've accumulated on http://yasep.org :-D It's very intriguing because I intended YASEP to be a 1-man project. I'll have to slowly give up on this idea... But this is good because it can only get better : external points of view can spot inconsistencies or weak points, test assertions that I thought valid...
It's getting quite interesting now and I am even more motivated and excited ! YASEP is slowly growing, it's not just a little personal hack anymore. Until now, I was alone on board, even when http://ours-agile.org asked for the core. But other people now look deeper at the source code...
The collaboration was not very fruitful... But I would have a bigger surprise later :-)
And it sensitised me to the really critical aspect of accessibility to newbies.