What is an FPGA, and how does it compare to a microcontroller? A basic introduction to what Field Programmable Gate Arrays are and how they work, and the advantages and disadvantages. Historically, FPGAs have been slower, less energy efficient and generally achieved less functionality than their fixed ASIC counterparts.  More recently, FPGAs such as the Xilinx Virtex-7 and Altera Stratix 5 have come to rival corresponding ASIC and ASSP solutions by providing significantly reduced power usage, increased speed, lower materials cost, minimal implementation real-estate, and increased possibilities for re-configuration ‘on-the-fly’. Where previously a design may have included 6 to 10 ASICs, the same design can now be achieved using only one FPGA. By 2020 the market of FPGA’s will have an estimate $9.8 billion value…

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