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Rapid System Prototyping with FPGAs by R. C. Cofer, Benjamin F. Harding

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Chapter 12

Advanced Topics Introduction

12.1 Overview

Traditional FPGA technology advances have included consistent trends toward more logic resources, more I/O, support for more conventional I/O interface standards, higher performance, faster software design tools, lower costs and smaller packages. Many of these advances are based on leveraging each new semiconductor process node. However, in order to achieve higher growth, additional features must also be added to FPGA architectures, software and IP offerings. FPGA manufacturers continue to seek to expand the range of potential applications their products can support.

Manufacturers have identified specific application groups they want to grow in, including consumer electronics, medical, industrial, ...

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