In all areas of business, increased communication leads to more streamlined processes and greater potential for success. This is no less true in system design. Within large design organizations, baseband field programmable gate array (FPGA) and radio frequency (RF) signal processing communities have traditionally been separated both physically and by the resources available to them--with each group using very different techniques and tools. Today, however, many RF functions are moving into the algorithmic world and this is making communication between the two areas more crucial than ever.
As more software developers become aware of the processing advantages for FPGA, there will be a demand for FPGA tools to support them.