Keeping Adaptable to Meet Your Requirements

Verify what you are investing in 
The beauty of HDL design is that it transfers acoss such a vast range of apllications, dynamic enough to meet the needs of a multitude of industries.
as HDL Design transfers across an endless number of applications as HDL Design transfers across an endless number of applications, I profide a resource to address The demands and challenges faced by a multitude of industrys to get their product to market in time.
Aviation - the highest saftey specs
Defense - providing
TElecommunications - the fasteset speeds of transfer - bringing he owrld together
RAdar - where old technology meets new. basic principles with   
As High Speed digital design technologies continue to advance, so to do the options available when determining what sort of system is best to implement.  

Heavy consumer demand in industries such as Telecommunications has resulted in major changes in the FPGA market with the dedicated hardware now available in the fabric, making the SoC paradigm a viable solution that had previoulsy been ruled out for many designs.  Despite this, due to its optimisation feature, ASIC technology is still heavlily employed with IP reuse becoming a big factor in cost reduction.

At Gemstar Technologies Ltd, the aim is to be able to not just supply a core worker on the tools, but to provide an industry expert who can give professional consultation advice by ensuring to:

Have full understanding of the latest technologies available for your system

To heed and respect both in-house and industry standards, practices and procedures

To provide a full and complete solution to addresses all customer needs

​Understanding Technology...   determining what will work best for your design


Dedicated Hardware for Improved Performance 
  • From Block-RAM, Digital Clock Managers and DSP blocks to MultiGHz Transeivers and Embedded Processors, including dedicated routing, and, with built in support for common interfaces such as PCIe, Ethernet and DDR3.

Simpler Design Cycle
  • Much less much less complex floor planning, P&R and effort spent achieving timing closure,  Once the tools have complete just download a bitstream and the device is ready to go. 

No NRE Costs 
  • The cost of masks is huge and a massive advantage of FPGA design is that it is has FABless design flow, plus, development tools are much cheaper, at times provided by Vendors for free.

Reprogrammaility and Reusablility
  • FPGAs can be partially or dynamically reconfigurable with a much quicker respin process.  They are also highly reuseable across platforms making them a good choice for prototyping before commiting to ASIC.


  • High unit cost, although reducing it does not compare to price of ASICs when manufacturing in bulk.  Poorer performance can aslo be seen due to less contron over optimisation and FPGA resource limitations


Faster Speed and Reduced Area
  • ASIC's are custom designs that can be heavily optimzed for increased performance making them capable of being much faster than FPGAs.  With total control over all placement, real estate can be maximised resulting in a smaller die space.

Lower Power Consumption
  • ASICs use not only use a reduced amount of logic, which reduces power, but can also be heavily optimized with techniques such as pipelining and clock gating available

Low Unit Cost 
  • When dealing in mass volumes the reduced cost of an ASIC is significant making it the most widely used technoglogy.  The ability to integrate what would otherwise be external processors onto a single chip not only improves performace by having all fa

Full Customability
  • As they are application specific, both fully verified soft IP and analogue components can be integrated into one chip with custom logic.   Performace is increased by having all fast signals on a single chip and PCB space is freed up.


  • Due to the complexity of some large ASICs, they can have long design cycles.  Time to market can be reduced by employing FPGA prototyping.  Signal integrity issues have to be considerd the NRE can be bery large.​

Aviation - the highest saftey specs
Defense - providing
TElecommunications - the fasteset speeds of transfer - bringing he owrld together
RAdar - where old technology meets new. basic principles with     ​

The beauty of HDL design is that it transfers acoss such a vast range of apllications, dynamic enough to meet the needs of a multitude of industries.

Understanding Industry...

  1. Aviation




  2. Aviation




    * Lead Firmware Engineer/Test Jig Designer/BOM Manager for a Thermal Imaging Camera Control Assembly:
    * Xilinx V5 FPGAs + MicroBlaze Embedded Processor, DDR2-SDRAM, FRAM, Flash,1000BASE-T
    * Glue logic, Discrete IO,MIL-STD-1553, I2C, SPI, RS232, RS422.
    * Created and produced documentation on FPGA resources/power estimates and 10GbE hardware solutions.  
    * Self Studied a High Speed Digital Design Course.
    * Toolset: ISE11.1, EDK11.1, HDL Designer, Precision, Modelsim
  3. Aviation




    DO-254 and Fly-by-Wire Systems...

    Validation  and Verification - 

    • Designing the right system and designing the system right!#
    • Triple/Quadruple Redundant design

    • Independant design and verification

    • Functional code to meet requirements

    • Test Specs and testbenching to verify requirements are met

  4. Aviation




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Maintaining Standards...

  • Clear Conduct
As an Associate of the IET, it is my belief that by adhering to their principles, through Gemstar Technologies Ltd, I aim to offer my clients a high level of service, and satisfy all expectations with full transparency throughout.

  • Clear Specification
Starting off with a clear specification is the most important stage in the process.  After intial meeting where project scope is ascertained, a clear and concise brief wil be generated to clarify exactly what is to be developed to ensure that the right thing is being developed.  Using our combined expertise, deliverables, communication plans, time schedules and deadlines will be agreed together, removing the worry that hidden costs, security threats or quality issues may occur.

  • Clear Communication
Candid and forthright communication will be presented and information will be accessible at all times. From kick starting the project off, effective communication will be maintained throughout all development as per pre-agreed plans already in place.  Whether via scheduled or ad-hoc meetings, over the phone, internet comms or face to face, a feedback system will be operational to ensure the end deliverables will meet on-time approval.

  • Clear Results
By having a clear specification and clear communcation throughout, clear results are expected.  At specification stage, an agreed transfer, audit and acceptance strategy will be in position to ensure known issues are resolved efficiently.  With good, open and transparent communication, the potential forunforseen issues is reduced allowing for a smooth and stress free handover.