5 Drivers of the SoC FPGA Tipping Point

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
  • Increasing use of FPGAs in embedded systems
  • The economic realities of Moore’s Law
  • The consolidation of CPU architectures

Get More Insights in New Executive White Paper

Read this new executive white paper, Strategic Considerations for Emerging SoC FPGAs (PDF), to learn the three key questions you should ask to ensure you’re making the right SoC FPGA choice.

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.