PARIS ( ChipWire)-- Xilinx Inc. will give designers an ability to place pieces of a design on separate FPGAs for testing before they are combined and tested on a single FPGA, according to Wim Roelandts, president and CEO of Xilinx, speaking in a keynote address at the Date 2000
conference on Tuesday. The company will offer this modular design capability within a month, Roelandts said.
"It is only programmable logic that can do a module design, can be tested in real silicon at full speed, independent of the other modules and then later put together," Roelandts said of the technology. "This is another way programmable logic is making the job of a designer much easier."
Noting the tremendous changes in programmable logic over the last five years, Roelandts said device density has increased by 40 times, speed has increased by 75 times, cost effectiveness has improved by 33 times, while compile times have by decreased 66 times.
"Programmable chips today are large, they are fast, less expensive than they used to be and the software is becoming very fast," he said. "You can push a button on your computer, go get a cup of
coffee and by the time you are back, you have programmed a device."
Predicting further improvements over the next few years, Roelandts said programmable logic will become a greater contender to standard cell devices, reaching 50 million programmable gates.