FUNCTION BLOCK ORIENTED FIELD PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC ARRAYS
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jan-28
Today's hardware designer has a multitude of devices to choose from when beginning a new design. In recent years the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's) has drastically changed the way that designs are implemented. Designs so complex that they were considered nearly impossible just a few years ago can now be attained using several of the larger programmable devices. Still, many designs require the higher densities and speeds that can only be obtained using the large custom standard cell logic arrays. This is one of the prob- lems with the FPGAs currently available; they cannot approach the density of the standard cell custom gate arrays.