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FPGA Applications in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - A Review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Reconfigurable Computing
Subtitle of host publication13th International Symposium, ARC 2017, Delft, The Netherlands, April 3-7, 2017, Proceedings
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-56258-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-56257-5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Symposium on Applied Reconfigurable Computing -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Applied Reconfigurable Computing
Period1/01/00 → …


Most of the existing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in different scales, use microcontrollers as their processing engine. In this paper, we provide a wide study on how employing Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) alters the development of such UAV systems. This work is organized based on the application’s criticality. After surveying recent products, we reviewed significant researches concerning the use of FPGAs in high-level control techniques necessary for navigation such as path planning, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), stereo vision, as well as the safety-critical low-level tasks such as system stability, state estimation and interfacing with peripherals. In addition, we study the use of FPGAs in mission-critical tasks, including target tracking, communications, obstacle avoidance, etc. In this paper, we mainly review other research papers and compare them in different terms such as speed and energy consumption.

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