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May 2006

Main Feature

Processors Combine Forces for Military Systems

When it comes to the processors used in high-demand, complex compute-intensive military systems, the big news these days is the rise of FPGAs and the new generation of multicore processRead More...

Commercial Processors in Military Applications

The expanding array of processor types available today has significantly complicated the selection process for military imaging and signal processing applications. The various processorRead More...

Special Section

Changing Horses in Midstream: Partial Reconfiguration for FPGA Designs

Ongoing trends in logic design such as shorter product lifecycles, greater design complexity and increased scaling (e.g., “Moore’s Law”) are adding increasing pressureRead More...

Reduce Cost, Risk and Time-to-Market with an FPGA-to-Structured ASIC Strategy

Few would argue that ASICs and ASSPs have become viable vehicles for only a few silicon vendors. As process nodes continue to shrink—to 90 nm now and to 65 nm in the near future&Read More...

Moving Real-Time Data around FPGA-Centric Systems

Computationally intensive applications often involve real-time high-bandwidth data streams coupled with fast signal processing. This increasingly involves using multiple FPGAs because tRead More...

Design Methodologies Help Leverage IP for FPGA-Based Development

Code reuse in FPGA designs offers advantages such as a reduction in overall software development costs and a shorter time-to-market, both of which are well documented. A feature sometimRead More...

Embedded FPGA Soft Core Processor Enables Universal CompactPCI Applications

Programmable logic has reached such a state of advancement in terms of speed and density that it has become a truly attractive alternative to RISC and CISC processors. It can form a &ldRead More...

FGPA-Based Development for Defense and Aerospace Applications

The parallelism, speed and I/O flexibility provided by today’s FPGAs make it possible for system engineers to replace multiple processor boards with a single FPGA COTS board. For Read More...

Technology Focus

Outside-the-Box Features Keep FPDP in the Game

Sometimes simple ideas are the big winners. Such is the case with the Front Panel Data Port (FPDP) interconnect standard. Using an inexpensive ribbon cable, FPDP links boards without eaRead More...

FPDP/FPDP II Boards Roundup

FPDP PCI Card Delivers 200 Mbytes/s of Sustained Digital I/O Not all military uses of FPDP occur in rugged environments. For example, there are applications for FPDP in back-end prRead More...

Effective Tools Smooth Serial FPDP Bus Analysis Task

Serial FPDP continues to gain popularity as a general-purpose link for applications where low latency and high throughput are desirable. The protocol has won acceptance in numerous miliRead More...