FPGAs

FPGA stands for Field Programmable Gate Array. They are small semiconductor logic chips are known as integrated circuits or ICs for short. FPGAs are built from one basic logic cell, duplicated hundreds of times.

What do they consist of?

They consist of a configurable logic block, programmable switch matrix, I/O blocks and Interconnects.

Configurable Logic Block

CLB consist of lookup tables (LUTs), flip flops and multiplexers. They are used to implement complex design functions and synchronise the code on the FPGA.

Programmable Switch Matrix

A programmable switch matrix (PSM) is used to control the interconnections between the configurable logic blocks and the input/output blocks. The programmable switch matrix connects each block according to the program code and has switch elements that have six pass transistors inside.

I/O Blocks

I/O blocks are pins that can be programmed as an input pin, output pins or both

Interconnects

Interconnects carry signals via wires to connect inputs and outputs to logic blocks.

How do FPGAs differ from CPLDs?

The main differences between the two devices is how they are made up. A CPLD device is very restricted in structure so they are less flexible. FPGAs on the other hand have a very high logic capacity and can be easily programmed to carry out any kind of digital function.

FPGA Applications

They are found in many applications such as radar systems, military hardware, medical devices and telecommunication technology. Their reprogrammable nature means FPGAs are suitable for a wide range of solutions. They can be any digital circuit, depending on the number of logic blocks it contains. Engineers often use FPGAs in prototype development and specially designed integrated circuits (ICs).

RS Components offer a range of high-quality devices from leading brands including Xilinx, Altera and Lattice Semiconductor. Our devices are available in industry standard package types, pin counts and mounting types to suit all your electronic design needs.


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Description Price Family Name Number of Logic Gates Number of Logic Cells Number of Logic Units Dedicated DSP Number of Registers Number of Multipliers Package Type Pin Count Number of RAM Bits Dimensions Height Length Maximum Operating Supply Voltage
RS Stock No. 697-2841
Mfr. Part No.XC3S50A-4VQG100C
BrandXilinx
MYR50.83
Each
units
Spartan-3A 50000 1584 1584 - - 3 (18 x 18) VTQFP 100 11264bit 14 x 14 x 1mm 1mm 14mm 1.26 V
RS Stock No. 173-2062
Mfr. Part No.XC3S50A-4VQG100C
BrandXilinx
MYR80.562
Each (In a Tray of 90)
units
Spartan-3A 50000 1584 1584 - - 3 (18 x 18) VTQFP 100 11264bit 14 x 14 x 1mm 1mm 14mm 1.26 V
RS Stock No. 172-7848
Mfr. Part No.5AGXMA1D4F31I5N
BrandAltera
MYR2,327.975
Each (In a Tray of 27)
units
Arria V 75k 75000 75000 Yes 113208 240 (27 x 27), 480 (18 x 18), 720 (9 x 9) FBGA 896 8463kbit 31 x 31 x 2.1mm 2.1mm 31mm 1.13 V
RS Stock No. 629-6190
Mfr. Part No.EP2C5T144I8N
BrandAltera
MYR135.70
Each
units
Cyclone II - 4608 4608 - - 13 (18 x 18) TQFP 144 - 20 x 20 x 1.4mm 1.4mm 20mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 830-3600
Mfr. Part No.5AGXMA1D4F31I5N
BrandAltera
MYR2,436.13
Each
units
Arria V 75k 75000 75000 Yes 113208 240 (27 x 27), 480 (18 x 18), 720 (9 x 9) FBGA 896 8463kbit 31 x 31 x 2.1mm 2.1mm 31mm 1.13 V
RS Stock No. 169-5517
Mfr. Part No.EP2C5T144I8N
BrandAltera
MYR131.502
Each (In a Tray of 60)
units
Cyclone II - 4608 4608 - - 13 (18 x 18) TQFP 144 - 20 x 20 x 1.4mm 1.4mm 20mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 170-2982
Mfr. Part No.EP4CE6F17C8N
BrandAltera
MYR84.387
Each (In a Tray of 90)
units
Cyclone 6272 6272 392 Yes - 360 (18 x 18) FBGA 256 276480 - - 17mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 921-3536
Mfr. Part No.EP4CGX15BF14C8N
BrandAltera
MYR142.976
Each (In a Tray of 119)
units
Cyclone IV GX - 14400 900 Yes 14400 - FBGA 169 540kbit 14 x 14 x 1.25mm 1.25mm 14mm 1.24 V
RS Stock No. 830-3518
Mfr. Part No.EP4CE15F23I8LN
BrandAltera
MYR270.82
Each
units
Cyclone 15408 15408 963 Yes - 360 (18 x 18) FBGA 484 516096 - - 23mm 1.03 V
RS Stock No. 169-5516
Mfr. Part No.EP2C8F256I8N
BrandAltera
MYR181.415
Each (In a Tray of 90)
units
Cyclone II - 8256 8256 - - 18 (18 x 18) FBGA 256 - 17 x 17 x 1.05mm 1.05mm 17mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 830-3578
Mfr. Part No.5CSXFC5D6F31C8N
BrandAltera
MYR923.18
Each
units
Cyclone V SX 85000 85000 32075 Yes 128300 174 (18 x 18) FBGA 896 4450K - - 31mm 1.13 V
RS Stock No. 170-2984
Mfr. Part No.EP4CE6F17C8LN
BrandAltera
MYR131.157
Each (In a Tray of 90)
units
Cyclone 6272 6272 392 Yes - 360 (18 x 18) FBGA 256 276480 - - 17mm 1.03 V
RS Stock No. 170-2985
Mfr. Part No.EP4CE6U14I7N
BrandAltera
MYR88.618
Each (In a Tray of 119)
units
Cyclone 6272 6272 392 Yes - 360 (18 x 18) UBGA 256 276480 - - 14mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 168-4222
Mfr. Part No.ICE40HX4K-TQ144
MYR31.644
Each (In a Tray of 60)
units
iCE40 HX - 3520 440 - 3520 - TQFP 144 80kbit 20 x 20 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 20mm 1.26 V
RS Stock No. 830-3502
Mfr. Part No.EP4CE10E22I7N
BrandAltera
MYR190.28
Each
units
Cyclone 10320 10320 645 Yes - 360 (18 x 18) EQFP 144 423936 - - 22mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 545-9154
Mfr. Part No.EP1C12F256I7N
BrandAltera
MYR340.22
Each
units
Cyclone - 12060 12060 - - - FBGA 256 - 17 x 17 x 1.8mm 1.8mm 17mm 1.575 V
RS Stock No. 168-4134
Mfr. Part No.EP1C3T100C8N
BrandAltera
MYR83.579
Each (In a Tray of 90)
units
Cyclone - 2910 291 - - - TQFP 100 59904bit - - 14mm 1.575 V
RS Stock No. 169-5744
Mfr. Part No.EP3C16F484C8N
BrandAltera
MYR302.797
Each (In a Tray of 60)
units
Cyclone III - 15408 15408 - - 56 (18 x 18) FBGA 484 - 23 x 23 x 2.2mm 2.2mm 23mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 169-5507
Mfr. Part No.EP2C5T144C8N
BrandAltera
MYR82.521
Each (In a Tray of 60)
units
Cyclone II - 4608 4608 - - 13 (18 x 18) TQFP 144 - 20 x 20 x 1.4mm 1.4mm 20mm 1.25 V
RS Stock No. 790-7006
Mfr. Part No.5AGXBA1D6F27C6N
BrandAltera
MYR1,068.78
Each
units
Arria V - 75000 - Yes 13208 480 (18 x 18) FBGA 672 463 kbit, 8000 kbit 27 x 27 x 3mm 3mm 27mm 1.13 V