25 Aug '13, 12am

Financial analysis and risk management remain key market for high-end FPGAs - (blog)

The concern over "flash crashes" in high-speed stock trading, and the turmoil the stock market experienced in mid-June, might give analysts pause over the opportunity for FPGAs in high-end trading and risk management. But new Stratix-based cards from Activ Financial and Nallatech suggest the application space for FPGAs in finance is only expanding. It was only two years ago that Xilinx and Altera were in a race to sew up single-board platforms designed by start-up OEMs for performing real-time stock trades . A few instances of "flash crashes" caused by programmed trading led to talk in late 2011 of regulating the market of hardware-assisted trade, but most of the discussion led nowhere, while a second round of FPGA-assisted platforms arrived in mid-2012. Last year, this blog called the trading market "recession-proof," but what is really happening is that an underlying pro...

Full article: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/fpga-gurus/4417750/F...

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