Electronic News (1991). April 21, 1997, Vol. 43 Issue 2164, p56, 2 p.
Technology overview, Technology application, Application-Specific Integrated Circuit, Integrated circuit design, and Application-specific integrated circuits -- Design and construction
ASIC designers are moving to high density FPGAs or complex programmable logic devices (CPLD) to shorten development times, but these devices are intended for use as extensions of programmable logic devices (PLD), not ASICs. ASIC designers are unfamiliar with the chip and system design issues, or the security concerns related to FPGAs and CPLDs. Flash-based FPGAs provide ASIC designers with reprogrammable ASIC solutions for rapid prototyping and design verification. These devices are based on a standard ASIC design environment and provide cost/performance benefits comparable to those of SRAM-based FPGAs. They work seamlessly with ASIC design environments.