SX Technology Backgrounder/White Paper
For several years now, industry analysts have noted a strong trend in which field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have transitioned from being strictly a prototyping tool, to a necessary component for a wide range of productionvolume, end-use applications. There are several reasons for this trend, including lower FPGA costs, increasing FPGA performance, and perhaps most important, a driving necessity for the fast time-to-market enabled by FPGA technologies.
Yet even as FPGAs reach into these markets, design requirements are becoming more stringent. Today, applications in telecommunications, networking, computing and other markets require low-cost, high-performance devices that integrate more functionality and use less power than ever before.