meaning of "field-programmable" in FPGA


what is the definition of the term "Field-programmble" inside "FPGA"? It could be:

  1. programable in the field (on application sites) or
2."electrically programable" in contrast to "mask programmble" any literature to the the definition of the term "field-programmble" is welcome.

Thank you.


Reply to
Wei-sheng Chong
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Either - it just means programmable after manufacture, as opposed to masked.

Reply to
Mike Harrison

As far as I remember, at the start, Xilinx called them just PGA (no F).

Luiz Carlos

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Luiz Carlos

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