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Is it possible to get ‘cradle to grave’ fpga design without compromises? By Jeremy Carne.

Increasing fpga device complexity is threatening to leave some eda tools behind. In 1997 fpgas were up to 100K gates. In 2000 they hit 3.5M gates and will reach perhaps 50M programmable gates by 2004.
We are also seeing a large shift in what had been a traditional asic market moving down into the fpga space. The compelling reasons here are economy and time to market. Today, 100K fpga devices are available for well under $10/piece without the time required for a chip manufacturing run.

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