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FPSC (Field Programmable System-on-a-Chip): A new generation of programmable devices is used to connect FPGA gates and embedded ASIC macrocells to form a system-on-chip solution.

FPSCs devices that combine field-programmable logic with ASIC or mask-programmed logic on a single device. FPSCs provide the time to market and the flexibility of FPGAs, the design effort savings of using soft Intellectual Property (IP) cores, and the speed, design density, and economy of ASICs.

FPSC Overview

Lattice’s Series 4 FPSCs are created from Series 4 ORCA FPGAs. To create a Series 4 FPSC, several columns of Programmable Logic Cells (see FPGA Logic Overview section for FPGA logic details) are added to an embedded logic core. Other than replacing some FPGA gates with ASIC gates, at greater than 10:1 efficiency, none of the FPGA functionality is changed—all of the Series 4 FPGA capability is retained: embedded block RAMs, MPI, PCMs, boundary scan, etc. Columns of programmable logic are replaced on one side of the device, allowing pins from the replaced columns to be used as I/O pins for the embedded core. The remainder of the device pins retain their FPGA functionality.

FPSC Gate Counting

The total gate count for an FPSC is the sum of its embedded core (standard-cell/ASIC gates) and its FPGA gates. Because FPGA gates are generally expressed as a usable range with a nominal value, the total FPSC gate count is sometimes expressed in the same manner. Standard-cell ASIC gates are, however, 10 to 25 times more siliconarea efficient than FPGA gates. Therefore, an FPSC with an embedded function is gate equivalent to an FPGA with a much larger gate count.

FPGA/Embedded Core Interface

The interface between the FPGA logic and the embedded core has been enhanced to provide a greater number of interface signals than on previous FPSC architectures. Compared to bringing embedded core signals off-chip, this on-chip interface is much faster and requires less power.

Series 4 based FPSCs expand this interface by providing a link between the embedded block and the multi-master 32-bit system bus in the FPGA logic. This system bus allows the core easy access to many of the FPGA logic functions including the embedded block RAMs and the MicroProcessor Interface.

Clock spines also can pass across the FPGA/embedded core boundary. This allows fast, low-skew clocking between the FPGA and the embedded core. Many of the special signals from the FPGA, such as DONE and global set/reset, are also available to the embedded core, making it possible to fully integrate the embedded core with the FPGA as a system.

For even greater system flexibility, FPGA configuration RAMs are available for use by the embedded core. This supports user-programmable options in the embedded core, in turn allowing greater flexibility. Multiple embedded core configurations may be designed into a single device with user-programmable control over which configurations are implemented, as well as the capability to change core functionality simply by reconfiguring the device.

FPSC Design Kit

Development is facilitated by an FPSC design kit which, together with ispLEVER software and third-party synthesis and simulation engines, provides all software and documentation required to design and verify an FPSC implementation. Included in the kit are the FPSC configuration manager, Synopsys Smart Model ®, and/or compiled Verilog ® simulation model, HSPICE ® and/or IBIS models for I/O buffers, and complete online documentation. The kit's software couples with ispLEVER software, providing a seamless FPSC design environment.


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