Selecting a target device to host
your design is very significant.
Hawkins Engineering has experience
working with many devices and development
platforms -- researching all current
technologies to provide the best
Depending on the design and its
application, the targeted device
should be selected for its capabilities
and advantages. Xilinx, Actel, Altera,
Lattice, and Quicklogic are several
of the primary manufacturers that
offer FPGA/PLD devices.
Xilinx, Altera, and Lattice offer
ram based devices, which have the
highest performance of all manufacturers.
Clock rates from 50 to 500MHz, or
even higher, can be achieved. Arithmetic
functions, such as high speed carry
chains and multipliers, are often
embedded in silicon.
Actel flash based devices are
generally preferred by producers
of avionics and military equipment
over ram based devices because of
their immunity to single event upsets.
Speeds are generally limited to
Quicklogic offers anti-fuse devices
which provide relatively high performance
with the reliability of an ASIC.