Benefits of Using FPGAs for Embedded Processing: Embedded World 2010

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Benefits of Using FPGAs for Embedded Processing: Embedded World 2010

  1. 1. Benefits of Using FPGA Devices for Embedded Processing Learning Zone @ Embedded World 2010 © 2010 Altera Corporation—Public
  2. 2. The Next Embedded Revolution FPGA - a new way to develop embedded systems Many FPGA based embedded products already in the market © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  3. 3. Today’s FPGA Devices Meet Embedded System Requirements Abundant logic Substantial embedded memory Wide range of fast I/O High-performance Low Power and Low Cost FPGA and Custom ASIC families Soft Processor cores with peripheral IP and software support © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  4. 4. Key Embedded Requirements Microprocessor Interface I/P High productivity Hardware development tools High productivity Software development tools Software tools/IP/OS support embOS © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  5. 5. FPGA–Based Soft Processor Performance - DMIPs 350 300 A Real Processor Solution!! 250 DMIPS 200 150 100 50 0 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007 2009 © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  6. 6. FPGA Provides Flexible Approach CPU CPU CPU CPU CPU CPU CPU Control Control CPU CPU CPU CPU CPU CPU Functions Functions Functionality is Custom Custom supported in most Logic Logic Data Data appropriate location: IP Modules Processing Processing IP Modules External CPU External External Peripheral IP Peripheral IP Interfaces Interfaces FPGA based CPU(s) FPGA Logic Re-programmable Hardware and Nios II processor IP © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  7. 7. Accelerating Software in FPGA Control Add Custom instruction Nios II − DMA DMA Ideal for complex operations Custom Accelerator Instruction Add hardware accelerator − Processor & accelerator can run concurrently − More work per clock − Lower fMAX, power, cost Arbiter Arbiter − Ideal for block operations Program Data Data 2,500 Memory Memory Memory Iterations/Second 2,000 1,500 530 Times 27 Times Faster 1,000 500 Faster Accelerate with 0 C2H Compiler Software Custom Accelerator Only Instruction © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public * Accelerator running 64Kb CRC at 100 MHz ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  8. 8. Reducing System Costs - Integration I/O Flash CPU SDRAM I/O I/O I/O I/O DSP I/O FPGA CPU DSP CPU CPU Replace External Devices with Programmable Logic © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  9. 9. Popular Uses of FPGAs in Embedded Applications Replacement of old ASICs − FPGAs are a popular, cost effective way to replace many older process technology/obsolete ASICs Integrated function / flexible device − Replace multiple digital devices in one FPGA - including the microcontroller! − Implement application specific functions in high performance logic Implement device with custom interface requirements − Use IP to support standard interfaces – mix any type, any number eg. Ethernet, USB, RS232, PCI, PCI express, CAN,SPI, I2C, etc. − Custom Interfaces can be coded in HDL to meet any requirement Add additional processing power with FPGA based Processors − Off-load new processing tasks to FPGA processor − Preserves investment in existing software and adds option to expand © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  10. 10. Why your next embedded project might use a FPGA based processor… If standard microcontrollers I/O I/O I/O or processors don’t offer enough… FPGA − Functionality CUSTOM LOGIC − System Integration Nios II DSP I/O − Power/performance ratio − Product flexibility − Obsolescence protection …then FPGA is for you! Innovate with Nios II & FPGA! © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS & STRATIX are Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and Altera marks in and outside the U.S.
  11. 11. Thank You www.altera.com © 2010 Altera Corporation - Public

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