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Xilinx ships the world’s first heterogeneous 3D FPGA: via @ee_times

Xilinx ships the world’s first heterogeneous 3D FPGA: via @ee_times

have just announced initial shipments of their Virtex-7 H580T FPGA , which they describe as "The world’s first 3D heterogeneous all programmable product." Now, it's easy to become confused by just what "heterogeneous" means in this context, so let's take a few moments to set the scene. Consider the image below: Generally speaking, we are used to monolithic FPGAs as illustrated on the left of this image. In this context, "monolithic" means that there is one silicon die in the package. In 2011, Xilinx announced the first shipments of its Virtex-7 2000T FPGA (Click Here for more details). The Virtex-7 2000T is currently the world’s highest-capacity programmable logic device – it contains 6.8 billion transistors, providing designers with access to 2 million logic cells. This is equivalent to 20 million ASIC gates, which makes these devices ideal for system integration, ASIC re...

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