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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by [email protected], Feb 21, 2008.

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  1. Guest

    Hi,
    I am thinking of designing an ASIC with ARM9 core. Suppose if I
    approch a foundry capable of doing ARM9 core with Video processors,
    etc, what will be the minimum order quantity?

    Thanks
     
  2. rebel

    rebel Guest

    Suppose you ask them.
     
  3. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Wave a few million dollars in front to their nose to get their
    attention...
     
  4. If you have to ask such things, you probably can't afford it.
    That's what FPGA's are for, you can buy just one of those if you want.

    Dave.
     
  5. krw

    krw Guest

    If you have to ask, FPGAs are likely too rich too. The FX100s I'm
    using are just shy of $3K each, from what I understand. Recent
    processors aren't small either.
     
  6. krw

    krw Guest

    Barely. A set of masks alone is worth a $million or more.
     
  7. Still massively cheaper than an ASIC for small volume.
    And you can fit an ARM9 (or several maybe) into a smaller and cheaper
    FPGA than an FX100.

    Dave.
     
  8. krw

    krw Guest

    >,
    says...
    But not cheaper than a couple of ASSPs.
    He issue wasn't the CPU, rather the video processor. The FX100 has
    a PPC401x hard core.
     
  9. The OP did not specify any details at all on his "video processors",
    so it's impossible to say anything about the FPGA requirements.
    But as an example, a 32bit processor soft core doing say composite
    video processing is easily do-able in a much lower end and cheaper
    FPGA, like say a sub $100 Spartan XC3S1500.

    Dave.
     
  10. krw

    krw Guest

    Even $100 is a pretty pricey "video processor".
     
  11. Depends on the target market, and not in low volume.
    You can just buy one or a dozen FPGAs if you want to. Price comes down
    with volume.

    The OP is kidding himself by talking "minimum order QTY" and ASIC in
    the same sentence.

    Dave.
     
  12. krw

    krw Guest

    If you're building that few widgets, you'd better add in my time too
    and I don't work cheap (makes the $3K we're spending on the FPGAs
    look cheap).
    Unless he gets on one of the shared lot programs. Still the NRE is
    going to kill him. ASSPs are still the way to go for anyone without
    insanely deep pockets.
     
  13. linnix

    linnix Guest

     
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