As larger Xilinx FPGAs become affordable (thanks to advanced process technologies), FPGA designers are now asked to create systems with more complex functionalities. By implementing these functionalities in software, FPGA designers can achieve their goals quickly and make their designs more maintainable and reusable.

However, the available resources in FPGAs are finite. Thus, the demand for easy-to-use, resource-efficient compact processors is always strong. Ponderosa Design microsequencers were developed with such demands in mind. In this article, we’ll present our new microsequencer products and new system debugging tools, which enable microsequencers to be used in a wider range of applications.

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