Exploration of Heterogeneous FPGA Architectures
Mesh-based heterogeneous FPGAs are commonly used in industry and academia due to their area, speed, and power benefits over their homogeneous counterparts. These FPGAs contain a mixture of logic blocks and hard blocks where hard blocks are arranged in fixed columns as they offer an easy and compact layout. However, the placement of hard-blocks in fixed columns can potentially lead to under utilization of logic and routing resources and this problem is further aggravated with increase in the types of hard-blocks. This work explores and compares different floor-planning techniques of mesh-based FPGA to determine their effect on the area, performance, and power of the architecture.