FPGA or field programmable gate array is a semiconductor integrated circuit with customized electrical functionality to accelerate key workloads.
FPGA is a semiconductor IC where the design engineer can change most of the electrical functionality inside the device during the PCB assembly process or even after the equipment has been shipped to customers out in the ‘field.’
SoC FPGA devices integrate both processor and FPGA architectures into a single device.
Integrating the high-level management functionality of processors and the stringent, real-time operations, extreme data processing, or interface functions of an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) into a single device forms an even more powerful embedded computing platform.
Consequently, they provide higher integration, lower power, small board size, and higher bandwidth communication between the processor and FPGA. They also include a rich set of peripherals, on-chip memory, an FPGA-style logic array, and high-speed transceivers.
FPGA functionality can change upon every power-up of the device.
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Today’s FPGAs include chiplet-based heterogenous integration, on-die processors, transceivers, RAM blocks, digital signal processor (DSP) engines, and more.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
While ASICs may cost less per unit than an equivalent FPGA, building them requires a non-recurring expense (NRE), expensive software tools, specialized design teams, and long manufacturing cycles.
Intel is committed to supporting a long life cycle for its FPGA product families until 2035 (except for HBM2-based devices of Intel® Stratix® 10 FPGA variants: MX, NX, DX, along with Configuration Devices [EPCQ-A]). With extended product longevity mitigating the risk of obsolescence and minimizing the cost of redesigns, customers will have peace of mind designing with our products.
In the event of unforeseen supply disruption, such as vendor discontinuance, change in government regulations, or production tools obsolescence, Intel will inform its customers.