Optimizing the FPGA Power

The field programmable gate array has been around for more than 20 years. In this time, embedded technology has benefited vastly from it. During this time, we have also seen drastic improvements in FPGA area efficiency and speed.

But there are resource limits. There have been many cases where designs have not fit into the FPGA. One option is to turn some parts off in the design. This will reduce the resource usage. Then you can meet the size and timing requirements on the FPGA.

Despite these constraints, FPGAs have caught up with ASCIs and en route to becoming the platform of choice for digital circuits. Rising power consumption is another problem for FPGA customers and their vendors. If you can reduce the power consumption of FPGA you can lower cooling and packaging costs. It will also improve the reliability of the device and open the technology to new markets like mobiles.

If you cannot reduce the power consumption, which has happened to some people, try using a custom power supply to make your FPGA deliver. There’s another way out. If nothing works, you can always use computer aided design techniques (CAD) to help you reduce the power consumption of your FPGA device.