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Technology to integrate FPGA functionality into SoCs

FPGAs are rarely out of the news, but the acquisition of Altera by Intel in 2015 pushed the technology firmly into the headlines. Intel’s main reason for buying Altera was to provide a way to accelerate the performance of its Xeon processors, used widely in data centres. But Intel hasn’t been the only company turning its attention to the use of FPGAs in such applications; earlier in 2015, Microsoft said that Project Catapult used Altera’s Arria 10 FPGAs to boost data centre power/performance.

Intel’s Programmable Systems Group takes its first step towards an FPGA based system in package portfolio

Speaking in 2012, Danny Biran – then Altera’s senior VP for corporate strategy – said he saw a time when the company would be offering ‘standard products’ – devices featuring an FPGA, with different dice integrated in the package. “It’s also possible these devices may integrate customer specific circuits if the business case is good enough,” he noted.

Do engineers know what they like and like what they know?

Engineers can select from a range of technologies which might be appropriate for their next design. Options include ASICs, FPGAs and embedded CPUs. But there is a suspicion that, rather than selecting the platform which will be best for the job, engineers fall back on something with which they’re familiar.

Programmable matter could make evolutionary hardware a reality

First realised 20 years ago, evolutionary hardware design continues to fascinate a small group of researchers. The attraction is not difficult to understand; instead of trying to design behaviour or structure into a system manually, you let the system determine for itself how it should work. Just like biology – only you need it to happen in less than a few million years.

Flexibility for the future

Operating a data centre requires a range of conflicting requirements to be balanced. At the top of the list is the ability to deliver extreme computational performance, but other factors include flexibility, the efficient use of power and keeping costs as low as possible.

FPGA family may be a companion for ASICs and ASSPs

Lattice Semiconductor has unveiled the ECP5 family of FPGAs, designed for use alongside ASICs and merchant chips. At first glance, the motivation for the family appears counterintuitive – why add a programmable IC if you are undertaking a custom ASIC design? Equally, an FPGA alone will do the job if the standards being used are still in flux.

FPGAs open up new system design possibilities

System architecture has evolved from being an instinctive dark art – the balance between implementing functions on hardware and software often being swayed by the amount of legacy software or, perhaps, the limited hardware resource.

FPGAs enable innovative and cost effective automotive camera solutions

The increased use of semiconductor products in automobiles has been more pronounced in recent years. For example, it is now fairly common to find tyre pressure monitoring systems, even in entry level compact cars, a feature that used to be available only in some high end luxury cars until few years ago. The primary applications driving increased semiconductors use are driver assistance, instrument cluster, infotainment, telematics and in-vehicle networking.

Small scale programmable logic devices offer numerous benefits

In the world of programmable logic, the phrase 'ultra low density' stands out starkly. The reason? Over the years, the trend has to been to create devices with ever more features on ever smaller manufacturing processes. While the devices themselves may not be getting smaller, their density has increased dramatically.

Roundtable: Will the mcu-fpga combination remain a high end solution?

In the late 1990s, a leading fpga company launched a campaign under the heading of 'system on a programmable chip'. The idea was that the combination of a programmable logic fabric and a soft processor would help to cut time to market and reduce development costs. For a number of reasons, the idea didn't catch on quite as anticipated.

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.

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