Using PLDs for High-Performance DSP ApplicationsDesign engineers face the challenge of designing increasingly high performance communications systems in less time with fewer resources. Additionally, these designers must consider rapidly emerging/changing technologies. The wide range of performance needs for today's applications requires a solution that is flexible and easy to implement. One solution is programmable logic devices (PLDs), which provide flexibility, high performance, and fast time-to-market. Designers are using PLDs more frequently for digital signal processing (DSP) applications. PLDs are found in a wide range of products, from high-performance wired applications such as digital subscriber line access multipliers (DSLAMs) to emerging 3G wireless applications. Designers use PLDs in DSP applications because of their flexibility and hardware-based performance. To harness the true capabilities of PLDs, designers need a complete design environment with which they can go from system architecture to hardware implementation in a short time. A seamless design flow, like the one provided with the Altera® DSP Builder and intellectual property (IP) MegaCore® functions, extends the performance and cost benefits of programmable logic.
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