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of geography and a centuries-old military assessment of the subcontinent.
Traditional computers use so-called "fixed logic
devices" to perform a large variety of tasks, but this approach requires a substantial amount of overhead in space and energy, no matter what work needs to be done.
"Compared to fixed logic
implementations, FPGA-based products offer superior design flexibility," said Arun Iyengar, senior director of Altera's wireless business unit.
The up-front work of designing and verifying fixed logic
devices involves substantial "non-recurring engineering" costs, according to David Gamba, Senior Marketing Manager for the Strategic Solutions Marketing Group at Xilinx.
Not only must the fixed logic
be tested for parametric and structural defects, but the programmable logic also must be tested.