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FPGA design is the basis of many modern control systems.
FPGA’s have made the design task for engineers much easier in fact you could go as far as to say they have revolutionised things opening greater possibilities for innovation.
Due to its flexibility it has been widely incorporated in to the very fabric of modern life. The ability of this design to be reprogrammed as desired has gifted a wonderful platform that was previously unknown.
When you think about it the ability to create a custom chip as you wish using the same platform is incredible. Usually creating a custom chip design means actually creating your own IC completely; because of this it was previously very expensive and reserved for large manufacturing.
The adoption of the FPGA chip in such a wide variety of industries is likely due to their combination of the best parts of integrated circuits specific to applications (ASICs) as well as the advantages of more standard processor-based systems.
The FPGA design is a great way to measure performance without the need to worry about manufacturing the components yourself; you can easily purchase parts right off the shelf and program them however you wish. This allows reconfiguration to be done after the control system is deployed to the field.
When you take an FPGA and initially program it, you are literally rerouting the internal circuitry and directing it to connect in particular ways designed to create a virtual hardware reproduction of the logical programming architecture of the software application.
One of the beauties of FPGAs is that they have discrete, dedicated logical blocks for processing logic commands and lack an operating system like processor-based systems require. This results in a design that is much faster and reliable.
Another advantage of newer reprogrammable silicon microchips is that they have the same flexibility of software running on a processor-based system, without being limited by the number of processors or cores available. FPGAs offer a true parallel processing environment, allowing different processing operations to run at the same time so there is no competing for system resources.
Every individual task assigned to a processor goes to a particular, dedicated portion of the microchip to be worked out. This lets many different areas function completely autonomously and separate from influence or direction of other memory blocks or processors.
As a result, the every part of the application has its own benchmark specs, and is not necessarily affected when you add more processing requests to the program queue. Many different processes can run on just a single FPGA device functioning at different rates
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