Changing the function and importance of programmable logic

Kish, Dennis
November 2005
Portable Design;Nov2005, Vol. 11 Issue 11, p17
The article discusses the future uses of programmable logic devices (PLDs). In the past the main function of PLDs has been to make repairs and hold things together. With the introduction of flash-based FPGAs, portable designers now have an FPGA solution that delivers key attributes like live at power-up, single chip, low power, and high reliability. The programmable system chip would reduce the bill of materials for portable designers by integrating analog, flash memory, microcontroller unit, and configurable logic. It would also lower power and further miniaturization. Currently, there is a race among FPGA, MCU, analog, and ASIC/ASSP suppliers as to who will get there first with the best solution.


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