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Electronically programmable logic devices are a type of PLD that are not yet configured or programmed for a specific purpose. This means that they come as a blank slate, which the user can use as a base in order to create a logic device with a specialized purpose. The advantage of this is that there is no prior programming that gets in the way; the downside is that it could take a little more time for the device to become usable because it will need to be programmed first.