A reusable, programmable chip. The circuitry of an FPGA can be programmed to mimic almost any type of digital chip -- a microprocessor, for example. The trade-off is that the FPGA is usually larger and more power-hungry than a specialized Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).
FPGAs are useful to systems designers that make their own chips. The engineers will try their ideas in FPGA form first, to accommodate any changes or debugging, later transferring the project to an ASIC.
Sometimes, a vendor will release a system or linecard that's still based on FPGAs, promising that a slimmer, future version will be based on ASICs.
FPGAs used to be compared to cassette tapes that start blank and can have music recorded and re-recorded on them. These days, it's more appropriate (but less satisfying) to compare them to empty iPods.
The 'gleaming city on a hill,' Steve Saunders calls it. But who is going to take us from today's NFV componentry to the grand future of a self-driving network? Here's a look at the vendors hoping to make it happen.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.