Advances in FPGA technology have opened the door wide open for use in all types of applications, including wireless communications, computer, industrial, defense/aerospace, medical, automotive, and even consumer. Xilinx® Virtex™-4 devices have the capacity, performance, and cost structure to lead a migration from traditional cell-based ASICs to programmable devices in all but the highest volume and bleeding-edge applications. Along with this capability, however, are new challenges from a designer’s perspective. In this article, I’ll discuss a solution to one of these most important challenges—timing closure.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Fourth Quarter 2005. Article © Xcell Journal.