How much do we pay for a system to be programmable? It depends upon who you ask.
Programmability has fueled the growth of most semiconductor products, but how much does it actually cost? And is that cost worth it?
The answer is more complicated than a simple efficiency formula. It can vary by application, by maturity of technology in a particular market, and in the context of much larger systems. What’s considered important for one design may be very different for another…
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