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A Field Programmable Gate Array or FPGA is an integrated circuit that could contain millions of logic gates that can be electrically configured to perform a certain task. But how does an FPGA compare to a microcontroller, microprocessor or an application specific IC?.   Microcontroller vs FPGA: The structure of a microcontroller is comparable to a simple computer placed in a single chip with all of the necessary components like memory and timers embedded inside. It is programmed to do some ...
Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are reprogrammable silicon chips. They can be programmed for different algorithms after fabrication. Modern FPGAs consist of up to millions of logic cells that can be configured to implement a variety of software algorithms. Although the traditional FPGA design flow is more similar to a regular IC than a processor, an FPGA provides significant cost advantages in comparison to an IC development effort and offers the same level of performance in most cases. & ...
Though MiniZed be but small, she is fierce.   A terrible use of Shakespeare’s famous quote, but still a perfect fit for MiniZed™ and its Xilinx Zynq™ SoC.   In this blog we’ll explore a new way to program this fierce little board without being an SoC expert.   At first glance it may be daunting to start your design, but there’s good news for anyone new to SoC programming. Avnet created a support package to enable you to program MiniZed using code gene ...
Throughout my career as an engineer, one thing has always stuck out to me.  Process.  There is always a process for everything.  Be it for somewhat complex reasons, such as the need to heat soak a board properly when attaching BGA components to a PCB, or more or less simple reasons, such as the compounds in flux making solder move where you want it!  Why bring up process?  Process is the key to the scientific process.  The validation, verification, reporting, all th ...

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