Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Brief History of FMC (VITA-57)

The FPGA Mezzanine Connector (FMC) standard is just starting to become popular. It's said to be "brand new". However work on the concept and specification began in 2005 when FPGA vendors and clients realized that specializing IO for FPGA was a serious challenge. My speculation was that the idea was born in a dialog between David Squires and Craig Lund. They passed the concept along to their respective underlings Sabine Lam and me. On November 16, 2005 over two dozen industry participants came together at the Paramount hotel in Seattle, WA to hash out a standards development roadmap. The team promptly put Malachy Devlin (then CTO and co-founder Nallatech) in the lead role. Throughout 2006 there would be face-face meetings in Monterey, Park City, and Madrid, to work through details not covered in the weekly con-calls. By the end of 2007, the "VITA-57" had become "FMC" (after "XMC", "AMC", etc), and the standard was out for approval. In 2008, VITA placed the documents on their FMC web page. And in 2009 we see the first flush of mezzanines and carriers hitting the market. A lot of work by a broad team to achieve consensus.

Park City, UT

Madrid

Monterey

1 comment:

itsaloadabooks said...

Did anyone ever see that interview on TV?!