Software is flexible; specialized hardware is extremely fast. So why not write software, then turn it into a computer chip?
This is what Hastlayer does: It transforms .NET software into FPGA-implemented logic circuits. (FPGAs are chips that can mimic other chips.) The result is code that runs faster and uses less power than a code-only solution, without sacrificing the ability to continue to develop the software.
FPGAs aren’t new, in fact a lot of the application you use on the web are using FPGAs in the background. But Hastlayer’s ability to reconfigure FPGAs on the fly from Visual Studio is a brand-new way of using them. It’s suitable for a lot of different applications, including:
Those are fields where FPGAs are already being used, but we can’t wait to see what you come up with!
To get started, you’ll need a compatible FPGA board (at the moment, that means a Nexys A7, but we’ll be adding support for additional boards over time) and Visual Studio 2017 or later (any edition).