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Real World FPGA Design with Verilog by Ken Coffman - President, Bytech Services

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Chapter 7 A Look at Competing Architectures

I used to think of FPGA vendors as all-knowing and mysterious entities, magically creating products which sell in copious quantities. The reality is that these companies are in business and are made up of people, good and bad, just like you and me. The FPGA manufacturers, which include Xilinx, Altera, Actel, Lattice/Vantis/Lucent, Quicklogic, Atmel, and others buy their packages from the same sources and pay nearly the same prices for them. Most (Atmel is an exception) contract their manufacturing to foundries that all have similar business models.

FACTORS THAT DETERMINE INTEGRATED CIRCUIT PRICING

• The package. A high proportion of the cost of an integrated circuit is in the packaging (just like ...

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