Leonard D., So Logic Cal
It’s time once again for another technology jump. Xilinx just announced tapeout of their new “UltraScale ASIC class” ICs. I’m not sure what that means, but it sure sounds fancy. Why not just “superscale”? This year will be an “ultra” year for Xilinx. The tools are said to be ultra fast as well. The design [...]
Ever since FPGA companies broke the .2 micron barrier we've been led to believe that gates are free, so use them – FPGAs will take over the world. Today FPGA leaders like Altera and Xilinx are leading the path to 28 nm and beyond. You have oceans of gates that are cheaper than ever, but small embedded microcontrollers can still be a quarter the cost. When compared to an Atmel AVR or Microchip dsPIC, even the smallest of the low-cost FPGA have a hard time competing against them in price and functions.