Reconfigurable systems make it possible to create extremely high-performance implementations for many different types of applications. While techniques such as logic emulation provide a new tool specifically for logic designers, many other FPGA-based systems serve as high-performance replacements for standard computers for everything from embedded systems to supercomputers.

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