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Real World FPGA Design with Verilog by Ken Coffman - President, Bytech Services

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Chapter 9 Designing for ASIC Conversion

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 ...

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