Despite the availability of a range of commodity products, designers often need to turn to custom devices to meet particular needs. But which technology best suits the application? Should you base your design around an FPGA or is it better to use an ASIC? Can you meet your design requirements using a DSP?

In this section, New Electronics brings you the latest developments from the advanced platforms market, looking at how to develop and apply FPGA, ASIC and DSP technology.

Pushing to 32nm: advanced platform for networking asics

Despite many people claiming otherwise, asics are alive and well. And, again in contrast to recent opinion, asics are also alive and well at the leading edge of technology. Although the development costs at the leading edge are escalating rapidly, these are outweighed by the benefits which an asic brings to the application.

How new coding approach helps optical systems to hit 100Gbit/s

There are several reasons why engineers are working harder when designing high capacity optical systems – higher data rates mean fewer photons per optical pulse and there is greater signal dispersion. Adding to the challenge, service providers want the reach of 40 and 100Gbit/s systems to match that of existing networks designed for 10Gbit/s lightpaths.

Optical allusions

The word 'photonics' is becoming used with greater regularity, yet it's something which has only been coined recently.

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