Xilinx® CPLDs have been a great solution for control logic, state machines, and simple system integration for years, but were not used in consumer portable equipment because of the stigma of high power consumption. In the late 1990s, CPLDs ventured into the low-power domain with the first CoolRunner™ product family. But prices remained out of reach for many high-volume applications. Today, through a steady progression of Moore’s law, pricing is low enough to be competitive with discrete logic devices. Now you can easily implement a wide variety of logic functions in a single package. Plus, you can save board space and get the benefits of reprogrammable logic to maximize time to market.

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