Systems based on FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays)
provide many advantages over conventional implementations:
- Long time availability
FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate
Arrays) enable you to make yourself
independent from component manufacturers and distributors since the
functionality is not given by the device itself but in its
configuration. The configuration can be programmed to be portable
between miscellaneous FPGAs without any adaptations.
- Can be updated and upgraded at your customer's site
in contrast to traditional computer chips are completely configurable.
Updates and feature enhancement can be carried out even after delivery
at your customer's site.
- Extremely short time to market
Through the use of FPGAs
the development of hardware prototypes is significantly accelerated
since a big part of the hardware development process is shifted into ip
core design, which can take place in parallel. Additionally, because of
the early availability of hardware prototypes, time-consuming activities
like the start-up and debugging of the hardware are brought forward
concurrently to the overall development.
- Fast and efficient systems
Available standard components
address a broad user group and consequently often constitute a
compromise between performance and compatibility. With FPGAs, systems
can be developed that are exactly customized for the designated task and
for this reason works highly efficient.
- Performance gain for software applications
are often handled through software implementations in combination with
high-performance processors. In this case FPGAs provide a competitive
alternative, which by means of parallelization and customization for the
specific task even establishes an additional performance gain.
- Real time applications
FPGAs are perfectly suitable for
applications in time-critical systems. In contrast to software based
solutions with real time operating systems, FPGAs provide real
deterministic behavior. By means of the featured flexibility even
complex computations can be executed in extremely short periods.
- Massively parallel data processing
The amount of data in
contemporary systems is ever increasing which leads to the problem that
systems working sequential are no longer able to process the data on
time. Especially by means of parallelization, FPGAs provide a solution
to this problem which in addition scales excellently.