bjjones37 wrote:How long is an FPGA system likely to last? With the constant reprogramming and regular usage, how long before those gates and latches tightly integrated into that massive chip begin to break down? It occurs to me that FPGAs were originally developed to model and design circuits and systems for production, so they really do not need to last all that long. So what kind of reasonable lifespan can I anticipate from a MiST or MisTer, or Zemmix? Will I still be using my MiST unit 30 years from now like I am my Atari 800XL or Atari 520ST?
bjjones37 wrote:This is quite reassuring. I was hoping for my MiST and MiSTer to last a good long time. I could not find any documentation on the mtbf on FPGAs. There is a reliability report at Intel for the Altera Cyclone V SE FPGA (which I just found) which lists the FIT as 13.5.
MasterOfGizmo wrote:The lifetime of a semiconductor is usually affected by temperature....
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