Successfully keeping field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) designs on a tight power budget is the subject of a webcast sponsored by Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), in conjunction with Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) and Linear Technology. The webcast, “Real World Solutions for FPGAs in Ultra Low-Power Applications,” details how to leverage the latest technology from Altera and Linear Technology to design a low-power FPGA system.
The webcast comes on the heels of the Arrow Technical Solutions Forum, a 17-city workshop and seminar series that provided design engineers with in- depth training in the latest techniques for obtaining maximum power savings and improved system performance with embedded systems.
At the center of the workshop series was the Arrow-developed low-power reference platform (LPRP). The LPRP features Altera’s latest Cyclone(R) III FPGA family and Linear Technology’s newest power management devices. During the workshop, design engineers were able to program their board and walk away with a complete LPRP system for future development.
Other workshop sessions demonstrated the capabilities of Altera’s Quartus(R) II PowerPlay Analyzer and Linear Technology’s LTSpice(TM) simulation tools.
Kevin Morris, editor of FPGA and Structured ASIC Journal, referred to the LPRP as ‘Battery-Powered Proof — A Development Board with A Mission.’ “The LPRP tool, along with the collaboration between the three companies, makes this development board an interesting case study in changing market perceptions and providing a robust tool to facilitate product prototyping and development.”
“Power consumption continues to be a major issue facing designers of portable applications,” said Steve McMinn, vice president of worldwide channel sales for Altera. “Showcasing the low cost and low-power characteristics of the Altera Cyclone III family during the Arrow Electronics seminar series was another important step in changing the perception that programmable logic devices have no home in portable, battery-powered systems.”
Arrow’s next Arrow Technical Solutions Forum (ATSF) will be held in the first quarter of 2008, with dates to be announced soon.
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