Programmable ICs: The Next Innovation Engine
Publication: EE Times Programmable Logic Designline
December 2, 2010 -- Semiconductor programmable ICs, led by FPGA devices, became immensely successful in recent years, their expanded performance and capabilities match all but the most advanced ASICs and ASSPs. The potential of programmable ICs seems endless; however in 2010 these devices will only capture up to 2% of the global semiconductor market. In order to grow further, the programmable industry must address some fundamental challenges.
After reviewing the evolution of FPGAs, these challenges are identified and described. A new programmable framework is proposed to address them and offer the programmable industry an opportunity to compete more aggressively with standard ASSP products. Some concrete steps are then suggested for promoting the further expansion of programmable ICs into new markets. It is argued that this approach will trigger the next wave of innovative semiconductor startups that will be more financially efficient than ever before.
By Miki Granski. (Granski is a veteran of the semiconductor industry. He currently manages his own consulting firm and is involved in several Israeli-based start-ups.)
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