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What is an ASIC?
An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is an IC that is customised for a specific application (end product or a closely related family of end products), such as a chip which is designed to run a cellular handset.
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2005-01-10 When bad packages kill good PCBs
How to avoid packaging problems in off-the-shelf ICs and FPGAs, and ASICs.
2004-12-01 Vector generation for structural testers
Sizing of modern ASICs and SoCs requires an array of vectors for comprehensive testing to achieve the required quality levels.
2004-05-13 Using your wireless ASIC-AN18
This app note shows that the P35-47-series of wireless ASICs are grouped into two families, the highly integrated transceiver ASICs and the amplifier/switch ASICs.
2007-01-16 Use smart partitioning in WiMAX radios
The appropriate partitioning of analog and digital functionality solves many of the issues related to integration of analog circuits on digital ASICs and results in faster time to market and longer time-in-market. It enables the optimization of the system to achieve high performance.
2005-07-11 TI unveils new power modules
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) launched its first 2.25A and 3A non-isolated, plug-in power modules with its Auto-Track sequencing technology. According to TI, their new POLA-compatible modules simplify power design in industrial and data communications systems that employ high-speed microprocessors, FPGAs, ASICs and its TMS320 digital signal processors (DSPs).
2005-12-13 Thermal grease solves overheating issues
Laird Technologies has developed its newest high-performance silicone-based thermal grease to solve overheating issues in advanced computer chips, graphic processing units and ASICs.
2000-02-01 The future of mixed-signal design
I hear two contradictory things regarding mixed-signal IC design. One set of voices says the systems-on-chip (SoC) of the future will be large mixed-signal systems, and the proportion of these being built will double from about 33 percent currently to 66 percent by 2005. The other set of voices says everything will be big digital chips constructed in ever-deeper submicron CMOS, in that the ASICs of the future will use as many 15 million logic gates, but that the analog and mixed-signal circuitry will be left off-chip.
2011-05-24 Test results exceed specs for new oscilloscope platform
A test done for ASICs designed in IBM's 8HP silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS Specialty Foundry technology has shown promising results for a new oscilloscope platform of Tektronix Inc.
2000-03-01 Taking new stabs at programmable analog
Programmable logic has some traditional advantages over ASIC design. The gate count of FPGAs approaches that of custom circuits. FPGAs can be programmed?and re-programmed?out in the field, enabling fast time to market. ASICs, in comparison, need careful attention to layout and fabrication technology. It can take anywhere from six weeks to two years (depending on the complexity of the circuit) to get an ASIC working properly.
2002-11-08 Synthesis-friendly RTL called key to first-pass design
To achieve first-pass timing closure on complex ASICs, designers must ensure their chip architecture design and RTL design are physical synthesis-friendly.
2004-03-18 Synopsys takes another stab at FPGA synthesis
Synopsys has tweaked its Design Compiler ASIC synthesis tool to enable designers to use the same tools and potentially the same design flow for ASICs and FPGAs.
2005-11-03 Survey: Design in China, Taiwan getting more sophisticated
Seventy-three percent of designers in China and Taiwan are designing ASICs at 180nm or below, an increase of 21 percentage points from 2004, according to the results of an annual study by Global Sources Ltd and Gartner Inc.
2006-06-12 Structured ASIC development kit with PCIe PHY
ChipX's development kit for the CX6100 structured ASICs integrates the same PCIe PHY used in ChipX's CX6100 structured ASIC family with a PCIe development board and FPGA.
2005-11-02 Structured ASIC demand rising, says study
Innovation in the IC industry combined with increasing demand for high-performance electronic systems is driving demand for structured ASICs, according to a study by Frost and Sullivan.
2014-09-10 SerDes tech uses NRZ signalling to reach up to 57.5Gb/s
Credo aims to make the SerDes available as both IP and fully manufactured ASIC devices that can be used on line cards, in optical modules, in active copper cables, and next-gen compute ASICs.
2002-12-23 Router startup Celox shuts down
Celox Networks Inc., the router startup, closed its doors as it prepared to liquidate assets. The company was one of the most broad-based customers of IBM Microelectronics, working with IBM on PowerPC cards, switching fabrics, SRAMs, and queuing ASICs.
2005-07-21 Renesas uses ARM1136JF-S for mobile phone, consumer devices
Renesas Technology Corp. has licensed the ARM1136JF-S processor for use in its future advanced mobile phone designs, and the ARM946E-S processor for its ASICs used in consumer applications.
2010-05-07 Radar detector packs location-aware features
Without specialty ASICs, but with beautiful RF engineering, the Escort 9500ix seems to own the top spot in radar/laser detectors for now.
2004-02-03 QuickSilver in reconfigurable platform push
QuickSilver Technology Inc. said it is ready to take on ASICs and FPGAs with a design platform that uses reconfigurable computing principles.
2000-03-20 Programmable logic for data switch design
This paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of ASICs and PLDs according to each device's design specifications.
2004-07-01 Power management provides design simplicity for handhelds
Designers of battery-powered handheld products have turned to ASICs for power-path control, protection and USB current limiting.
2002-11-08 Potholes mark ASIC-to-FPGA conversion path
Designers should be aware of several "gotcha's" that can impede designs moving from ASICs to FPGAs, said Mike Dini of The Dini Group.
2002-05-15 PLD moves toward 300mm wafers, 0.135m process
The move towards 300mm wafers is proving to be advantageous to PLDs as compared to ASICs, said Wim Roelandts, president and CEO of Xilinx, because PLDs need bigger dies than ASICs.
2011-01-26 PL forecast: communications, 28nm to drive growth
The latest generations of FPGAs have proved to be a cost-effective replacement for ASICs, DSPs and ASSPs. Communications will be a formidable growth area while 28nm will spell revenue opportunities this year.
2005-11-28 Phase change material offers performance and easy use
Laird Technologies introduced a new high-performance phase change material that meets the thermal resistance and reliability requirements needed for advanced apps such as microprocessors, chipsets, graphic processing chips and custom ASICs.
2002-01-30 Pericom clamp circuit cleans up signals up to 133MHz
The PI7AT04 active terminator clamp circuit can clean up 3.3V or 5V CMOS logic that operates at 133MHz and stops false triggers in high-speed signals typical of clock ICs, logic devices and ASICs.
2002-03-01 Paving paths to software radio design
This technical article discusses how designers must rethink their product selection strategies in their software radio architectures over a broad frequency range now that the lines between ASICs, FPGAs and DSPs are blurring.
2010-06-30 Oscilloscopes handle 500MHz to 2GHz bandwidth
Rohde & Schwarz is rolling out the first dedicated oscilloscopes that are claimed to be 20x faster than existing devices, supported by the company's ASICs and ADCs.
2010-01-04 Oscillators offer reduced noise levels, low jitter
Offering frequency resolution to six decimal places, the oscillators use a family of proprietary ASICs to reduce noise.
2004-01-08 Off-the-shelf MCU tweaked for ASIC-like duty
As the business models of standard-product IC companies evolve, a gray area is forming between the once clearly defined territories of MCUs and ASICs.
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