Few component technologies have evolved as rapidly in the last few years as FPGAs. In this highly competitive market, each new generation of devices delivers faster speeds, improved density, larger memory resources, and more flexible interfaces.
Hardware multipliers have afforded FPGAs a strategic entry into DSP applications, where they are now challenging both ASICs and programmable DSPs. Coaxing these new devices to handle higher sampling rates requires careful allocation and deployment of FPGA resources.
Indeed, DSP capability has become one of the most significant product strategies for FPGAs, as evidenced by sharp increases in engineering and marketing investments in this technology on the part of FPGA vendors over the last few years.
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