Design techniques for electronic systems are constantly changing. In industries at the heart of the digital revolution— telecommunications, networking, and wireless communications—this change is especially acute. Functional integration, dramatic increases in complexity, new standards and protocols, and increased time-to-market pressures have bolstered both design challenges and the opportunities in architecting modern electronic “boxes.”

One trend driving these changes is the increased integration of core logic with previously discrete functions to achieve higher performance and more compact board designs. Traditionally, ASICs have been the vehicle for such integration; but now programmable logic devices (PLDs), such as FPGAs, have begun to take on this role.

This paper introduces Xilinx’s System ACE technology and explains how it can free engineers from the need to design an FPGA configuration system, allowing them to focus on maximizing system performance and achieving faster time to market.