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How FMC Developments Support Legacy and Next-Gen Data Needs

  • Magazine Article
  • 19AERP04_04
Published 2019-04-01by SAE International in United States
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While FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, it continues to provide a variety of benefits to the embedded system developer. These include sustained implementation and deployment in new technologies. Additionally, the release of FMC+ provides improved design capabilities. However, with data rates always on the rise and shrinking form factors, the question arises: Why does FMC continue to be so popular and what has sustained it over the years?

With its ability to de-risk designs while cutting costs, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology has allowed for more efficient design within the embedded marketspace. Often acting as an all-in-one solution, FPGAs negate the need for ASIC technology and reduce the cost of custom IP algorithms in silicon. Even during post-processing, FPGAs allow engineers to modify their logic after silicon is on the board. The results allow for more efficient prototyping and a faster time to market.