02 November 2010 FPGAs come of age Programmable logic devices have a range of aliases, but whatever you call them, the technology is moving ever closer to the heart of system design. And fpgas are at the 'bleeding edge' of process technology: Xilinx is working on multidie fpgas, Altera is set to offer ARM Cortex-A9 processors in its forthcoming parts and Achronix has just sealed a deal under which it will manufacture parts on Intel's 22nm process. It's taken a while, but the vision expressed by fpga companies a decade ago that the technology would enable programmable SoCs is now becoming reality. Long gone are the days when a pld was used to provide a bit of glue logic or a fix for a design flaw. 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. 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.