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12/2/2010 08:56 PM EST
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t.alex
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t.alex   1/5/2011 3:08:27 PM
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Yeh, memory stacking instead of external IC seems to be better choices.

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mgranski   1/5/2011 5:02:03 AM
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This may likely be the case for many designs; In particular, if one takes into account that the only products where 3D stacking is being used *today* are memories and CMOS sensors.

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DrFPGA   1/5/2011 3:35:14 AM
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Seems like a memory layer is a must for these devices or the connection to an external memory becomes difficult to support (too many pins driving too much current).

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mgranski   12/10/2010 7:11:28 AM
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FPGAs are used today for many applications in communications, telecom, medical, military, consumer systems, etc. with the limitation that they are only effective when volume is up to about 100K units/year. The argument is that these new Programmable ICs will be able to compete with just any complex SoC, even at higher volumes, with the possible exception of the highest-volume mobile devices.

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Robotics Developer   12/9/2010 3:46:59 AM
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I wonder how the devices would be cooled, and powered properly in the stack? I can only imagine the high-speed simulations needed for the interconnects between the dies and to/from the package pins. I am wondering if the next step is already upon us SoC and hybrid packaging. In my 18+ years in the ASIC industry the FPGAs came to maturity and really provided a good market share competition. The only thing holding FPGAs back was the need of designers to have a little different feature set or another option that was not available. Perhaps, this approach (or another one like it) will address that flexibility need.

t.alex
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t.alex   12/9/2010 2:46:18 AM
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What kinda products/applications we are talking about for FPGA?

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Max The Magnificent   12/2/2010 9:09:17 PM
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I think that the whole System-in-Package and 3D IC arena is poised to explode with activity in the not-so-distant future...

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