Field Programmable Systems

  • Patrick Lysaght
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2552)


The emergence of Platform FPGAsTM marks a significant change in the capabilities of FPGAs. Unlike their predecessors, Platform FPGAs are characterized by heterogeneous architectures. In addition to programmable logic, routing and inputs/outputs, they feature soft and hard microprocessors, bus and memory hierarchies, digital signal processing cores and gigabit communications channels. These devices are targeted at high performance computing applications in embedded systems. The complexity and flexibility of Platform FPGAs is unparalleled. We explore some of the potential implications for current and future design of programmable digital systems.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Lysaght
    • 1
  1. 1.Xilinx Research LabsSan Jose

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