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What is an FPGA?

FPGA stands for Field-Programmable Gate Array.

It is a type of integrated circuit (IC) that can be configured in the ‘field’ (that is, after it has been manufactured). FPGAs are programmable and can be reconfigured, specifically at gate level, to perform different functions or tasks.

An FPGA consists of a grid of configurable logic blocks (CLBs) and programmable interconnects. The CLBs are made up of look-up tables (LUTs) and flip-flops that can be programmed to implement different logic functions. The interconnects allow for routing signals between different CLBs, enabling the creation of complex digital circuits.

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Why using FPGAs?

FPGAs are often used as prototype/early-release platforms before implementing a new hardware design in a hard-wired chip. FPGAs provide a powerful platform for implementing custom digital logic designs, offering a balance between the flexibility of software and the performance of dedicated hardware.

FPGA and Codasip

You can get an FPGA evaluation for all our RISC-V processors. Simply download our FPGA flyer to know more.

You can evaluate standard off-the-shelf cores but also any customization you want to do. You can use it throughout the development of your custom product to check the functionality, develop and optimize software, but also for demos, product prototyping, and more.

Codasip also partners with Menta to enable post-silicon customization with RISC-V. To know more about extending RISC-V processors in the field with e-FPGA (high-density embedded programmable logic IP for use in SoCs or ASICs, designed to address various markets and applications), read our joint technical paper.

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