Excalibur BackgrounderSince their inception, digital systems have progressed towards higher levels of integration. Higher integration offers several benefits to the system designer, including lower development costs, shorter design cycles, increased performance and generally lower power consumption. At the device level, this integration has been achieved by the accumulation of functions once performed by multiple, individual devices into more capable, higher density devices. Additionally, the need for design flexibility has increased due to more challenging time-to-market pressures and changes in system specifications. In particular, two types of programmable, off-the-shelf components have carried most of the burden of maintaining flexibility and increasing system integration: microprocessors and programmable logic.
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