Strategic Considerations for Emerging SOC FPGAs
Company: Altera Corp.
Semiconductor devices that integrate FPGA fabric, hardened CPU subsystems, and other hardened IP — SOC FPGAs — have reached a tipping point that will lead to their broad proliferation in the next decade, therefore offering many options for system designers. These SOC FPGAs complement the decade-long availability of soft-core CPUs and other soft IP for building systems on FPGAs. A mix of technical, business, and market forces underpin this tipping point, and vendors such as Altera, Cypress Semiconductor, Intel, and Xilinx have announced or shipped SOC FPGA devices.
The primary drivers of this tipping point are:
As the SOC FPGA era emerges, systems designers must consider the following key strategic questions when choosing these devices:
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