Nallatech

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Nallatech is a computer hardware and software firm based in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland[1] As of 2007 the company's primary markets were defense and high-performance computing.[2] Nallatech was acquired by Interconnect Systems, Inc. in 2008.[3]

Market[edit]

The company specializes in field-programmable gate array (FPGA) integrated circuit technology applied in computing. The company was founded by Allan Cantle ('Nalla' comes from 'Allan' spelled backwards) in 1993 and was backed by over £4m of equity finance provided by Scottish Equity Partners and 3i. Cantle is the CEO for the firm.[4]

In 2005 Nallatech announced a Scottish group known as the FPGA High Performance Computing Alliance, to work on a supercomputer.[5] Nallatech's direct sales team operates in two main geographic areas, one in the USA and one in UK covering UK, Europe and rest of the world. The team in the USA (Nallatech, Inc.) is headquartered in Eldersburg, Maryland.[6]

Systems[edit]

Nallatech was promoted for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) FPGA technology applied in computing.[4][6] According to David R. Martinez, Robert A. Bond, and M. Michael Vai, Nallatech systems are "based on a modular design concept in which the designer chooses the number of FPGAs, amount and type of memory, and other expansion cards to include in a system."[7] Nallatech is also noted for its motherboards with PCI cards which provide a "high throughput connection over which a host PC can provide and receive data and monitor system performance."[8][9][10]

In March 2011 the company announced a miniaturization service for their FPGAs.[11] Nallatech has partnered with Altera, and integrated their PCI Express card with Stratix V FPGAs, which may be valuable in financial analysis.[12] Xilinx's Xtreme DSP kit was developed with Nallatech, and like Xilinx, Nallatech uses "floating-point cores" in their FPGAs.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, David (2004). Jane's Space Directory. Jane's Information Group. p. 278. 
  2. ^ "Powerful Partners Helping Drive FPGA System Supplier Nallatech's Success". Clabby Analytics. June 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Company Overview". Interconnect Systems, Inc. February 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  4. ^ a b Aerospace Engineering. Society of Automotive Engineers. 2006. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Nallatech Helps Forge Alliance to Advance FPGA-Based High-Performance Computing". Press release. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Boogar, Steve. Directory of Electronics Technologies. BoogarLists. p. 64. GGKEY:6PUKR52C2TJ. 
  7. ^ Martinez, David R.; Bond, Robert A.; Vai, M. Michael (20 June 2008). High Performance Embedded Computing Handbook: A Systems Perspective. Taylor & Francis. p. 250. ISBN 978-1-4200-0666-7. 
  8. ^ Cantoni, V. (2000). Proceedings: Computer Architectures for Machine Perception. IEEE Computer Society. Technical Committee on Computer Architecture, IEEE Computer Society Press,. p. 300. 
  9. ^ Grayver, Eugene (20 July 2012). Implementing Software Defined Radio. Springer. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-4419-9332-8. 
  10. ^ Agha, Khaldoun Al; Omidyar, Cambyse Guy (1 January 2003). The Proceedings of the Fifth IFIP-TC6 International Conference on Mobile and Wireless Communications Networks: Singapore, 27-29 October 2003. World Scientific. p. 246. ISBN 978-981-279-114-6. 
  11. ^ Clive Maxfield (2011-03-15). "Nallatech offers FPGA miniaturization services for commercial and military applications". EE Times. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  12. ^ Loring Wirbel (April 6, 2012). "Two new Stratix milestones from NovaSparks and Nallatech". EDN Network. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  13. ^ Cheung, Peter Y. K.; Constantinides, George A.; Sousa, Josâe T. de (1 January 2003). Field-Programmable Logic and Applications: 13th International Conference, FPL 2003, Lisbon, Portugal, September 1-3, 2003, Proceedings. Springer. p. 980. ISBN 978-3-540-40822-2. 
  14. ^ Zhuo, Ling (2007). High-performance Linear Algebra on Reconfigurable Computing Systems. ProQuest. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-549-25111-8. 

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