There are some advantages to converting an FPGA design to an ASIC, including merging multiple FPGAs into one ASIC and creating a device that consumes less power and operates at higher speeds. However, the main advantage is reducing cost. The cost of an ASIC (even with non-recurring charges factored in) can be less than a third of that of an FPGA. What drives the decision to convert your FPGA design to an ASIC? Consider conversion if:
• The yearly usage is greater than 1,000.
• The design is unlikely to require modification.
• Additional protection from reverse engineering is desirable.
• Improved speed or reduced power consumption (compared to an FPGA) is necessary.
For ease of conversion and lower up-front ...