Free Software Directory:FPGA

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A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is an integrated circuit which consists of arrays of programmable logic blocks that can be reconfigured. They are generally programmed by writing instructions in a hardware description language (HDL). This page documents the status quo of free software used to program FPGA's. Currently we do not have a 100% free software toolchain and hardware that allows people to reprogram an FPGA. When adding software designed to use FPGAs it is important to note and properly warn users of any non-free dependencies that might currently exist if a perso ultiamtely wants to be able to use the software to actually reprogram an FPGA. At the same time, research and development by the free software community into FPGAs is work we want to encourage, so where we can do so, we will list FPGA softwar that itself doe not have any nonfree dependencies, even if ultimately reprogramming an actual FPGA would require the use of nonfree software. We will simply provide an appropriate warning.

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