Semiconductor industry, Circuit designer, Integrated circuit design, Technology application, Market trend/market analysis, Semiconductor industry -- Technology application, and Circuit design -- Forecasts and trends
Santa Cruz, Calif. - Promising to bring analog IC layouts into the design cycle early, startup Accelicon Technologies Inc. has introduced a technology it calls "analog virtual prototyping." Accelicon's AVP [...]
Technology application, Technology development, Integrated circuit design, Computer network equipment industry -- Product development, Computer software industry -- Product development, and Circuit design -- Methods
Field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), originally created as prototyping tools, are now commodity components used in a wide variety of devices. An FPGA helps implement complex functions such as high-end PCI connectivity and microprocessor cores that cannot be created routinely. Using the logic cells of an PFGA can achieve dock speeds of up to 50MHz with hand-laid-out, optimized functions. Performance is nevertheless still lackluster when using automatic tools, a problem in performance-driven applications. Vendors are moving to increase performance, and finer-feature processes let suppliers offer grater cell density. Digital FPGAs do not perform analog functions well;designers usually add discrete analog circuits to complete a system, undermining the reconfigurability that is a key advantage of FPGAs. Xilinx offers a very fast FPGA designed to allow the use of soft cores on arrays and has a development agreement with ARC Cored Ltd forits Virtex architecture. Detailed technical information is presented.
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.