01 March 2010 A question of logic One of the advantages of the programmable logic device is its ability to be repurposed. Users can download a new bitstream to the device and it can perform different tasks. It's a facility which has always been available, but not really highlighted. But the approach is suddenly at the forefront - Altera made a lot of it in its recent 28nm announcement and now a new player has entered the fray, claiming reconfigurability as a major selling point. Tabula says its Spacetime technology - which can reconfigure logic, memory and interconnect at multiGHz rates - 'will enable a new class of programmable devices that combines the capability of an asic with the ease of use of an fpga at price points suitable for volume production'. There's a number of companies doing good things in the fpga market, but with little success. Having the technology is one thing; being able to muscle in on a market dominated by two other companies is another. Author Graham Pitcher Comment on this article This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read... Alternative back-up power With outdoor events like concerts, events and festivals now ... Read Article NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article Claire Jeffreys, NEW Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.