FPGAs with hardened floating-point DSP blocks are now available, providing up to 10,000 GFLOPs in high-end devices.
Knobs and buttons still rule as instrument controls, but smartphone and tablet controls eventually will take over.
With a purpose-built MBIST controller, both test application and data collection can be done on-chip at full operational clock speeds in the GHz range.
Test your knowledge on this old -- yet up-and-coming -- technology.
Brian Carrigan, a blogger from the former Microcontroller Central, offered this advice for those stepping up to 32-bit MCUs (originally published Aug. 7, 2012).