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Virtex 13?

Started by BobW October 5, 2007
I was just eating some spicy food for lunch and I started wondering whether 
Xilinx would eventually come out with a Virtex 13 family or would they skip 
it due to superstitious reasons?

Thanks.

Bob 


BobW wrote:

> I was just eating some spicy food for lunch and I started wondering whether > Xilinx would eventually come out with a Virtex 13 family or would they skip > it due to superstitious reasons?
Good question, could they name it XIII, or even 1101 to avoid the negative connotations of writing '13' directly ? :) -jg
Bob,

13 is a lucky number in some cultures.

4 and 9 resemble the character 'death' in Chinese ideographs (I'm told) 
whereas 8 is a very lucky number in that culture.

Personally, I rather like the number 13, and have no aversion to it 
whatsoever.

13 Base 13 would be an interesting diversion:  the number 10 (base 13) 
would be 'unlucky' where 13 (base 13) would be 16 in base 10, and hence, 
lucky?

So, what base numbering system is 13 unlucky in?  Why?  Is it unlucky in 
all base systems?  Why or why not?

Austin
On Oct 5, 7:02 pm, Jim Granville <no.s...@designtools.maps.co.nz>
wrote:
> BobW wrote: > > I was just eating some spicy food for lunch and I started wondering whether > > Xilinx would eventually come out with a Virtex 13 family or would they skip > > it due to superstitious reasons? > > Good question, could they name it XIII, or even 1101 > to avoid the negative connotations of writing '13' directly ? :)
Since I had spicy food for lunch today too, here's my navel gazing: it's infinitely more likely that the Virtex name won't even make it to gen 12, much less 13. Sometime in the next *decade*, a new architecture will replace the Virtex family - long before generation 12. The tech industry just moves too fast for an architecture to last 18 years (12 generations * 1.5 years per). Or maybe Xilinx will skip V7 through V12 and jump to XIII since it's such a cool name. Have fun, Marc
austin wrote:
> [...]whereas 8 is a very lucky number in that culture.
I heard an amusing, possibly apocryphal story about Boeing's new airliner. It used to be named the 7E7. The story I heard was while the Boeing rep was pitching to the Chinese they asked what "E" stood for. The quick-thinking rep replied "Eight". And now we have the 787 coming soon... :-)