Defined as revolutionary, the Application Specific Modular Block (ASMBL) architecture promises rapid, cost-effective deployment of multiple domain-specific FPGA platforms with a blend of features. Essentially a modular framework of silicon subsystems, the architecture employs a unique development methodology that yields domain-specific devices packing more than one-billion transistors. And by employing advanced flip-chip packaging technology, the architecture eliminates geometric layout constraints associated with traditional chip design, such as dependencies between I/O count and fabric array size. It also addresses the increasing requirements for on-chip power and ground distribution by allowing power and ground to be placed anywhere on the chip. According to the company, this will significantly accelerate development time and increase reliability. The next generation Virtex Series FPGAs based on the ASMBL architecture are expected to appear in the first half of 2004. XILINX INC., San Jose, CA. (801) 424-0192.
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