Dynamically reconfigurable hardware system for real-time control of processes

  • US 5,887,165 A
  • Filed: 06/20/1997
  • Issued: 03/23/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/21/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A dynamically reconfigurable hardware system for real-time control of an external device comprising:

  • (a) a configuration memory for storing a hardware configuration;

    (b) a reconfigurable logic module, in communication with the configuration memory, for establishing the hardware configuration in the module on receipt of a configuration signal;

    (c) a controller in communication over a data bus with the reconfigurable logic module and the configuration memory for sending the configuration signal to the reconfigurable logic module independently of the real-time control of the external device and for establishing the dynamically reconfigurable hardware configuration in the configuration memory; and

    ,(d) a communication port coupled to the reconfigurable logic module independently of signals on the data bus for controlling the external device.

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