FPGAs with soft CPU options have been around for more than a decade. Now, we’re seeing an increase in semiconductors that integrate FPGA fabric, hardened CPU subsystems, and other hardened intellectual property (IP). In fact, we’ve reached a tipping point where system on a chip (SoC) FPGAs can broadly thrive.
There are five primary drivers of this tipping point:
The move to parallel/multicore processing for power efficiency
The shift of FPGAs to the leading edge of new semiconductor process technology nodes
You’ll also see Altera’s SoC FPGA block diagram, featuring the ARM® Cortex™ A9MP processor. The ARM offering was announced as part of our Embedded Initiative, which encompasses a single FPGA design flow supporting embedded processor offerings based on ARM and Intel® architectures.