Actel Chips

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by Ballistic, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Ballistic
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    Ballistic GBAtemp Regular

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    I've upgraded from R4 to Acekard 2i for a few months now (loving it). Curiosity striked me when I noticed that a lot of the newer flashcarts are using those Actel chips which seems to protrude a bit under their stickers. What do these chips actually do? I'll try my best to understand from a "less tech-headed" point of view.
     
  2. Vague Rant

    Vague Rant Deceptively cute

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    This is entirely speculation on my part, but my guess is that their main feature is being cheaper. Now, I've never manufactured any flash cards, so I have no idea what kind of costs go into them, but I can't think of any other advantage to using the larger chips.
     
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    Here's more info about the Actel FPGA chip used in the CycloDS. At least, that's what's used in the CycloDS I have...
     
  4. UltraMagnus

    UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

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    so, flashcards use FPGAs then hmm... I always thought they must use something like a CPLD or microcontroller.