Sorgelig wrote:Also, making a product based on FPGA company which has only fractional of the market is risky.
Well with Intel in charge of Altera, I'm not sure their priorities are toward small affordable FPGA for industry. But I understand the point, Micro semi/Actel also have some interesting parts.
From a strictly technical point of view the ECP5 seems to fit in the need of emulators for 8/16 bits machines because they have a lot of embedded memory and they are at an interesting price point. I agree the best part to use is not one dimensional and software environment is a big concern for developpers. Diamond, the Lattice tool, is certainly not as advanced as Quartus or Vivado.