Aggressive Process technology adoption has allowed PLDs to obtain more die per wafer, provide more logic, offer increased performance, and accommodate the various ASIC-like features required to allow system integration. This has been fundamentally instrumental in narrowing the wide gap between FPGAs and ASSPs. PLD vendors, by virtue of the benefits reaped through process technology now have the capability to service the needs of today’s ASSP designers.

Spartan-II FPGAs offer more than 100,000 system gates at under $10 and are the most cost-effective PLD solution ever offered. The Spartan-II family is extremely well positioned to offer a low-cost programmable ASSP alternative and expands the time-to-market advantage that PLDs traditionally offer. It also increases the value of the ASSP by allowing end users to
customize their solutions.