FGPA/ASIC/DSP

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.

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.

Keep in control

System designers are faced with continual pressure to meet their development schedules, and need to implement control functions with minimal effort and risk, while maintaining maximum flexibility. By using a programmable based approach for their designs, designers can accelerate their time to market, address system cost and space reduction and ensure a high level of product differentiation.

Seeing the light

According to the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the global photonics market exceeds $600billion within a multitude of applications, so how can designers tap its full potential?

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