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Field Programmable Gate Arrays

Authored by: Melanie Berg

Extreme Environment Electronics

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439874301
eBook ISBN: 9781439874318
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Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are packaged integrated circuits (ICs) containing groups of logic, interconnects, and I/O referenced as blocks or cells [1–9]. The blocks have the ability to be configured (programmed) into a variety of small functions. The premise of device usage is to map a specified digital design into an FPGA’s configurable cells. Design mapping is feasible because each block type within an FPGA can be configured as a piecemeal implementation of the full design. Subsequently, each configurable cell of an FPGA device can be thought of as a building block.

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