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What are PLDs?
PLDs or programmable logic devices refer to a variety of logic chips that are programmable at the user's site. Programmability of logic means that new chip designs can be tested and easily changed without incurring the huge photomask costs for chips completed in a fab. In addition, memory-based PLDs can be reprogrammed over and over, which allows working products to be upgraded at the user's site.
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2001-10-16 A verification environment for embedded processors
This technical article describes the Altera verification environment for embedded processor devices, which addresses the conflicting needs of quality versus complexity versus time.
2000-06-29 A Quick JTAG ISP checklist
This application note describes a short list of considerations needed to get the best performance from your ISP designs.
2002-06-28 A quick JTAG ISP checklist
This application note describes a short list of considerations needed for optimum performance of ISP designs. The considerations apply to Xilinx ISP device families.
2002-12-06 A 32x32 Crossbar switch implementation using the Lattice ispLSI 5384VE device
This application note discusses how to implement a 32x32 crossbar switch using the ispLSI 5384VE CPLD.
2006-08-16 6th ESC-Taiwan gathers world's leading embedded tool vendors
Design engineers in Taiwan will be treated to an array of leading-edge technologies as the world's major embedded tool suppliers gather to showcase their products at the 6th Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan.
2009-02-26 65nm FPGAs, clock ICs defy downturn
Seeking to grab share in a down market, Lattice has introduced its first 65nm FPGAs in the market and has expanded its family of differential clock distribution ICs. It also announced the availability of 15 new reference designs and a new development kit for its MachXO PLD family.
2002-12-06 38-to-38 bit crosspoint switch using the ispMACH 51024VG
This application note discusses how to implement a 38-to-38 bit crosspoint switch using the ispMACH 51024VG.
2002-11-18 null
The debate on whether FPGAs would eventually replace ASICs is moot because both would continue to have their own supporters; the best way is a product that has the power of an ASIC and the flexibility of a FPGA.
2001-06-15 Powerful low-cost synthesis for Actel ProASIC 500K family
This application note describes the LeonardoSpectrum ASIC/CPLD/PLD synthesis tool for the Actel ProASIC 500K devices.
2007-05-04 High-speed ADC THS1041and FPGA interface considerations
The THS1041 from Texas Instruments is a 10bit, 40MSPS, high-speed ADC. For many years because of its low power dissipation and extended life, it has been used in various applications such as programmable gain amplifier and built-in clamp. With recent FPGA development, some application systems have been upgraded with a direct interface of the THS1041 to an FPGA, for example, by connecting I/O pins of the THS1041 to the I/O pins of Xilinx Spartan-3 or Altera PLD. For such an interface, a power-on initial state should be considered in the interface design. Otherwise, the power-on initial state of the FPGA can affect the initial state of THS1041 and in some cases, affect the entire application system. In order to ensure the successful interfacing of the THS1041 to an FPGA, a test was conducted, and this application report presents those results.
2001-03-22 Generating PROM programming files
This application note discusses the structure of PROM data files and shows several ways to create them. Examples using simple languages, such as C and BASIC, as well as PLD development tools such as ABEL and LOG/iC, are likewise discussed.
2007-11-16 FPGA is smaller than a kernel of corn
Actel is now offering the low-power 5?W IGLOO FPGAs in a 4mm x 4mm package with a 0.4mm ball pitch, which they claim is the smallest package for any PLD on the market.
2006-07-26 Xilinx unveils free ISE WebPACK 8.2i design suite
Xilinx has announced the immediate availability of the ISE WebPACK 8.2ithe latest version of the company's free downloadable programmable logic design suite.
2004-10-26 Xilinx unveils FPGA, CPLD solutions for automotive apps
Xilinx announced the immediate availability of its new line of FPGA and CPLD solutions designed to meet the requirements set by the automotive industry.
2003-04-25 Xilinx unveils 90nm FPGAs
Xilinx Inc. has unveiled its Spartan-3 family of 90nm FPGAs that are designed for high-volume, low-cost applications.
2013-07-11 Xilinx tapes out 20nm FPGA device
The firm worked with TSMC to infuse high-end FPGA requirements into the TSMC 20SoC development process to result in the first tape-out of the ASIC-class programmable architecture: UltraScale.
2005-06-10 Xilinx extends position with ISO/TS 16949 automotive certification
Xilinx Inc. has achieved certification for Automotive Industry Quality Standard ISO/TS 16949
2007-09-18 Xilinx expands Singapore HQ, beefs up 45nm R&D
Xilinx CEO Wim Roelandts, while in Singapore to open the company's expanded Asia-Pacific regional headquarters, disclosed plans for increased investment in R&D particularly focused on next-generation FPGA design at 45nm and below.
2012-05-03 Use FPGAs to harness potential of flash for enterprise apps
The design challenges associated with flash are readily addressed via deployment of FPGA-based PSM for memory management and I/O.
2013-11-18 Ultra-short laser deposition tech cuts materials costs
Picodeon's ColdAb technology is geared for the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and reducing precious metal costs.
2005-07-04 The right voltage supervisor improves system reliability
When designing circuit boards, remember voltage supervisors to prevent unpredictable behaviors.
2005-09-01 The changing face of automotive ECU design
Designers are moving away from MCUs and microprocessors and into programmable logic devices.
2014-04-25 Testing as an art (Part 2)
It is vital to remember that the test equipment documentation is as important as the product itself.
2011-03-29 Tabula secures $108M Series D funding
Tabula's $108 million Series D funding will be used to expand the company's product development and improve partner support infrastructures.
2007-08-13 System management tool starts at $1.20
Actel has introduced a new reference design for embedded applications that enables intelligent system and power management implementations starting at $1.20.
2007-05-16 Survey: Taiwan IC design aims for high-end CE
The "2007 Taiwan IC Design House Survey" revealed a maturing chip design industry that's ready to take on more complex challenges to carve a name for itself in this highly competitive business.
2008-01-24 Stratix III FPGA features 340K logic elements
Altera says it has developed the industry's highest-density FPGA, the EP3SL340, which features 340,000 logic elements.
2002-05-08 STMicro ships 4Mb DSP Flash memory
Designed specifically for Analog Devices Inc.'s ADSP-2153x series of DSPs, the DSM2150F5 4Mb Flash memory provides two independent Flash memory arrays, 120ns access time, and 15-year data retention capability.
2002-10-07 STMicro MCUs offer 8KB SRAM, 288KB Flash memories
STMicroelectronics' ?PSD3200 family of embedded Flash 8051-based microcontrollers feature up to 288KB of Flash memory and 8KB of SRAM.
2003-09-11 STMicro MCU has 10MIPS peak performance
STMicroelectronics has introduced the Turbo ?PSD3300 series of its ?PSD family of 8051-class embedded Flash microcontrollers.
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