FPGA have been around for a long time. The first chip was designed by Ross Freeman and Bernard Vonderschmitt in 1985. FPGA were thrust into the spotlight as a first step for any bitcoin enthusiast who was considering a hardcore mining operation.
In addition to bitcoin mining, the following list compiles noteworthy mentions of other FPGA applications.
Compared to ASICs and CPLDs, FPGAs are more attractive because they can be reprogrammed, have a shorter lead time, and have lower non-recurring engineering costs.
The main drawback is the price tag.
How do you buy FPGA for a fraction of the Franchised price tag?
This is a dilemma that you face with every new project. It doesn't matter if you are working in your company's purchasing department or if you are a cryptocurrency enthusiast constrained by a budget. The goal is to purchase FPGAs for the lowest available price.
Unfortunately, many FPGA buyers face two problems:
Long lead-times: Typically, if the majors allow you to buy from them you could be faced with a 2-3 month lead-time before you will see your parts.
Pricing: Some buyers are only interested in purchasing lower quantity FPGA for prototyping and R&D. However, Franchised distributors of Altera and Xilinx parts - such as Avnet and Digikey - are compelled to sell using a tiered pricing system, meaning that these customers receive no discount whatsoever.
The large volume buyers get massive discounts on their FPGA. The lower volume users like those buying for FPGA projects, R&D, and NPI buyers are left paying top dollar and waiting for long lead-times.
As a top independent distributor of FPGA, FPGABuy can offer authentic parts for far below the pricing that the franchised Xilinx distributors and Altera distributors do. Always in the original manufacturer's packaging and guaranteed for Fit, Form, and Function by an Inc. 5000 Company. Most parts are excess from companies that purchase in large volume at the lower price then have surplus when their project is completed.
Here is a typical example of an actual part you can buy from FPGABuy at a 46% savings:
PART # 5SGXEA7K3F40I3 ALTERA STRATIX V
|FPGABuy||$4,500||CONTACT FOR AVAILABILITY|
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