[sdiy] Digital topics like PLDs?

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Tue May 26 10:16:41 CEST 2015

It's always a matter of choosing right solution for an application 
considering what parts/tools are available. That's waht ingeneering is 
all about, isn't it?
If I need just to replace obsolete burnt chip with 10 inputs and 8 
outputs running in an environment with clock cycle 5us, surely I will 
use $1 PIC to emulate it, and spend no more than an hour coding and fine 

For higher speed surely pure logic is the way to go. And by higher speed 
I mean when I cannot fit entire program within required timeframe using 
low range micro. It is of course doable with higher power 
microcontroller but then it becomes the same kind of madness like 
replacing simple low speed PLD with FPGA.


W dniu 2015-05-26 o 08:12, Colin Hinz pisze:
> On Mon, 25 May 2015, Michael E Caloroso wrote:
>> PICs are more convenient coding wise, but PLDs can have faster
>> propagation times.
>> MC
> PLDs also have very tightly controlled propagation times.
> A microcontroller that is coded exclusively in assembly language
> will have very deterministic propagation times.
> A microcontroller that is coded in a high level language will
> probably have repeatable propagation times, though YMMV.
> If your compiler implements your logic using ISRs, and your
> timing is tighter than metal-gate CMOS, I think you're really
> taking your chances.
> I suppose one should take my opinions with a grain of salt, as
> I'm one of those hardware engineers who trusts HDL compilers
> more than I trust software compilers.....
> - Colin
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