The evolution of FPGAs, from prototype to production

FPGAs are now in every imaginable system, running our digital lifestyle.

Columns, Programmable Corner: 2008-01-01FPGAs resemble traditional mask-programmed gate arrays by their modular, extensible structure that includes both logic and interconnect, but differ in that end users complete their programming at their site. These programmable devices have revolutionized the way system designers implement logic. Once only considered “glue logic,” FPGAs are now at the heart of the system, radically reducing development time, cost, and system power requirements while increasing overall performance for systems around the world.

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