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FPGAs Becoming More SoC-Like

By Ann Steffora Mutschler, Semiconductor Engineering

Lines blur as processors are added into traditional FPGAs, and programmability is added into ASICs.


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“They may contain multiple embedded processors, specialized compute engines, complex interfaces, large memories, and more,” said Muhammad Khan, product specialist for synthesis verification at OneSpin Solutions. “System architects plan for and use the available resources of an FPGA just as they do for an ASIC. Design teams use synthesis tools to map their SystemVerilog, VHDL, or SystemC RTL code into the base logic elements. For much of the design process, the differences are diminishing between efficiently targeting an FPGA and targeting an ASIC or full-custom chip,”


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