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Should You Use an ASIC In Your Product? – One Page Executive Summary

March 11, 2018, anysilicon

Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is a type of a chip with a specific usage which can have a combination of analogue & digital functions, CPU, controllers, and diverse types of memory. The following are the benefits of using an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) in your project:

 

  • Reduced product size
  • Improved product performance
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Reduced product cost
  • Copy protection

 

Reduce Product Size

ASIC has successfully shrunk the size of electronic products for many years by utilizing semiconductor technologies that allow packing more transistors per square millimeter.  If your current product consists of several standard chips, an ASIC can literally pack those chips together into a single chip.

 

 

Improve product performance

With the introduction of Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), there is improved performance because of its ability to integrate several functions at the same time, tightly coupled to each other. CPUs can run faster; analog performance are better – all thanks to the low proximity of the various blocks.

 

Reduce power consumption

Power consumption is an essential benefit that ASIC offers. A reduced power consumption is achievable because the various blocks within the ASIC do no need so much power to interface to each other. Therefore, an ASIC will use a little source of power compared to a system with several chips.Copy Protection

 

 

Copy Protection

Imagine an engineer looking at your electronic product which is based on several standard off-the-shelf chips. Now imagine him looking at a single ASIC and not knowing what’s inside.

 

 

Reduce Product Cost

An ASIC will require upfront capital investment in developing the chip and paying for the production tooling but if your volume is enough, ASIC will turn out as a good investment with impressive ROI.

 

 

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