Designing Soft-Core Processors for FPGAs
In the mid to late 1990s, soft-core FPGA processors were of interest only to the academic community due to their high cost and low performance. A soft-core FPGA processor might have been able to fit in an 1990’s FPGA but it occupied the majority of the device. An off-the-shelf processor chip was cheaper, faster, and readily available.
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