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FPGA vs. ASIC Cost

30/12/2020, hardwarebee

Although FPGA has numerous benefits it has also a few drawbacks. In some cases, engineers would prefer to use an ASIC (i.e. Application Specific Integrated Chip). ASIC is a non-programmable chip. Once it is designed and produced its functionality cannot be changed.

 

If the chip functionality should no change in the future and the chip should produce in high volume, then it makes sense to use an ASIC.

 

Let’s take a look at a real case that describes very clearly the FPGA and ASIC crossover point.

 

ASIC NRE: $1.5M

ASIC Unit Cost: $4

FPGA NRE: $0

FPGA Unit Cost: $8

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Image: AnySilicon.com

 

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