"The challenge is how to programme it", says Daane, "it's the same challenge as Intel has in programming multi-core. The world doesn't know how to do it. There's no software that can divide tasks between cores. The multi-processor approach is limited by the software programmers who can't take advantage of more than one processor core."
Daane sees the efforts of start-ups to get into the programmable logic industry as 'flattering' but doomed.
"It's flattering that companies want to get into our space", he says, "it's a high growth, profitable market and there's not many of them in existence. "But new companies don't just need an architecture, they need EDA tools and IP cores."
"There's been $1bn of VC money invested in FPGA in the last 15 years and $750m of that has already gone out of business," he says.
Also, Daane pointed out, a difficulty for new companies trying to get into the area is that systems companies are cutting down on their vendor supply lists to provide more efficient, less costly, procurement procedures.