Embedded Software IP & Technology Transfer in Power Electronics Applications

Switching from ASIC to FPGA for SoC Design

While this may not be the exact case of typical power electronics system designers (who mostly design by integrating off-the-shelf MCU and DSP chips), this article written by Geoffrey James is giving a good picture of the current state of FPGA technology and design tools for SoC design :

Trend #1: Today’s FPGAs are gaining features appropriate for SoCs.

Trend #2: The FPGA tool sets are becoming more sophisticated.

Trend #3: SoCs are proliferating into a wider range of products.

Trend #4: Converting from FPGA to ASIC is constantly getting easier.

This may give a hint to typical power electronics system designers who are mostly not familiar with FPGA technology.

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