In a fast-changing world where product development cycles are becoming compressed into months rather than years, a company whose chips can be programmed and reprogrammed on the fly would appear to have a natural advantage. Enter Xilinx, the San Jose, California-headquartered developer of FGPAs. The F in FPGA stands for field, as in field-programmable gate array, but it could so easily stand for fast, flexible or future-proof – all of which are qualities that these devices possess.
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