The Evolution of Programmable Logic: Past, Present, and Future Predictions

  • Bill Carter
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2147)


Programmable logic is one of the fastest growing segments of the total digital logic market, and it is forecast to be one of the fastest growing segments going forward. This paper traces the history of programmable logic from its surprising roots in memory circuits, where small PROMs were used to implement simple combinatorial logic functions, to the multi-million gate FPGAs that are available today. It will also make some predictions about the future of programmable logic and the role it will play in the complex digital systems that will appear in the next five to ten years.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bill Carter
    • 1
  1. 1.Xilinx Inc.San JoseUSA

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