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eASIC program makes 'many designs per engineer'

Posted: 28 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zero-mask charge ASIC? silicon customization? consumer and multimedia applications?

The first phase of a worldwide program aimed at ushering in an era of affordable silicon customization has been announced by eASIC Corp., a provider of zero-mask charge ASIC devices.

The first step in the program is to assist companies that are hampered by high FPGA unit costs to set more aggressive market pricing for their end products. The initial targets of this FPGA cost reduction program are the low density FPGAs that are primarily used in consumer and multimedia applications.

Bringing ASICs to all
"Silicon customization was once affordable to many, but as the costs of ASIC design, verification and manufacture increased, ASICs became a viable platform for only the privileged few. Hence, the number of ASIC design starts per year has continued to decrease. Despite earlier promises, FPGAs have not been able to fill this gap due to their very high unit cost and high power consumption," said Jasbinder Bhoot, senior director of marketing at eASIC.

In order to address this, the eASIC program is intended to bring back an era of mass silicon customization, thereby leading to "many-designs-per-engineer" as opposed to "many-engineers-per-design."

eASIC's Nextreme family of zero mask charge and no minimum order ASIC devices provides designers with the low cost benefits of traditional ASIC devices, combined with a rapid design cycle and only a four- to five-week silicon turnaround time.

The cost reduction program requires zero investment in tools. Customers can provide eASIC with eASIC-ready RTL. eASIC's unique technology allows a four to five week silicon turnaround time. The 1000 unit promotional price for eASICs Nextreme NX750 device is only $14.95 per unit.

The NX750 is capable of replacing the XC3S1600E, XC3S1200E, XC3S1000, XC3S1500, XC3S1000, XC3S2000, XC3S4000 and XC3S5000 from Xilinx, and the EP3C16, EP3C25, EP3C40 and EP3C55 from Altera.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine





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