Today, the advantages of FPGAs extend well beyond re-programmability, giving users a new set of opportunities.
FREMONT, CA: The applications of FPGAs are on the rise. The demands for increased performance across devices have been fuelling innovations throughout the last few years. As a result, the chips have been gradually modified to accommodate new features. The advancements in design and architecture have bolstered the original functionalities of chips. Thus, re-programmability is still the most significant advantage that FPGAs bring. However, FPGAs also extend many other benefits that empower devices in different ways. The noteworthy ones among these are listed below.
• Parallelization and Re-Programmability
The biggest benefits of FPGAs involve their ability to support changes to original programs. This flexibility to customize the programs helps carry out the testing of prototypes and designs. Every time an Application-specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is to be fabricated, FPGAs can facilitate rapid testing, leading to optimal design in minimum time. Besides, FPGAs also allow parallelization. With parallelization, it is possible to carry out multiple developmental steps simultaneously. Subsequently, the time to market for chips reduces, and revenues increase.
• Higher Processing Capabilities
Processing power and speed increase substantially when FPGAs are used. Here as well, the support for parallel processing capabilities becomes an important factor. When compared to other microprocessors, FPGAs can perform specified tasks better due to the customized hardware designs. Thus, there is an overall improvement in processing prowess when FPGAs are considered.
• Lower Costs
One of the major advantages of FPGAs is the price. The fabrication cost of FPGAs is relatively less owing to the manufacturing processes involved. In addition to that, design mistakes in FPGAs do not result in any big changes or delays since uploading a modified program is enough. While in the case of other chips, design mistakes necessitate significant changes, resulting in lags.
The flexibility that FPGAs provide is unmatched. Smaller design cycles and low maintenance requirements also add up to make FPGAs even more advantageous. Going forward, these advantages will power the extensive adoption of FPGAs.