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FPGA Technology Used in Drones

Posted by Danielle Leger

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Aug 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

drone-heroCompared to conventional processors, FPGA are capable of handling demanding real-time processing capabilities, meaning that FPGA are used to power drone software. Drones are equipped with all standard quad rotor equipment to keep it stable while in the air. The FPGA keeps track of the image capture and processing system, allowing the user to locate the drone's exact location. As the information is being processed, the data from the drone can be used to determine the altitude of the drone and it's current location. Then the processing stage uses the value of these states to carry out certain actions. Because of their durability and performance, FPGA are the top choice for computing solutions. The flexibility of FPGA allows for hardware and software implemented control in the processor core.



Drones are used for numerous applications:
Aerial photography
Video for realtors
Search and rescue
3-D mapping
Hurricane hunting

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Amazon is experimenting with a program that uses drones to deliver packages. However, package delivery via drones has not been approved yet by the Federal Aviation Administration, which has restricted the private use of drones due to technical and safety concerns. At the moment, the small number of FAA permits to fly private drones are owned by government agencies, some public universities, and a few private companies. But the FAA is planning to further open the skies to commercial drones in the near future.


FPGA programmability allows for easy implementation of high-performance logic circuits. FPGA are the best choice due to their performance, reliability, and system-cost advantages. If you are looking to buy FPGA, contact us and we will get right back to you!



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