Information (Internet) Appliances2Market researchers predict that information appliances will out-ship consumer PCs by 2002 in the U.S. High-volume information appliances will be products such as digital TV, DVD players, digital cameras, and handheld devices. Semiconductors enable new devices and players, but technology is increasingly becoming invisible. Xilinx programmable logic products (Spartan-II FPGAs, CoolRunner, and 9500 CPLDs) ported with intellectual property (IP) provide solutions like ASSPs, but with increased flexibility. FPGA logic not used from the IP can be programmed with other IP cores - such as embedded solutions. Other features within the Spartan-II provide system integration, and the reprogrammability enables time-to-market and flexibility at low costs. Xilinx Online allows time-in-market as specifications in emerging technologies keep evolving.
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