PLDShort for programmable logic device, a generic term for an integrated circuit that can be programmed in a laboratory to perform complex functions. A PLD consists of arrays of AND and OR gates. A system designer implements a logic design with a device programmer that blows fuses on the PLD to control gate operation.
System designers can use development software that converts basic code into instructions a device programmer needs to implement a design.
PLD types can classified into the following groups
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