On 07/28/2016 09:18 PM, Terry Raymond wrote: > I'm posting this for others here (including myself) that don't know what > ASIC is and its Libraries: > (snip) While this is a very detailed and long explanation, I think the key difference of an ASIC as compared to an FPGA, GAL, PAL or similar is that the ASIC is a custom design which was made for its specific application purpose which means that the whole logic is actually put into the die of the chip while FPGAs and co have their functionality programmed in. ASICs are usually much faster than any of the programmable type, require less power and are smaller, simply because they were specifically designed for their particular application. However, since designing a chip in die is quite expensive, it's normally only chosen when large numbers of the chip are expected to be produced. If a chip designer orders a design from a fab, they have to meet a minimum number of orders and pay for the chips upfront which means it's really only chosen when the designer can expect to be able to sell it in large quantities, e.g. an MP3 decoder. Adrian -- .''`. John Paul Adrian Glaubitz : :' : Debian Developer - firstname.lastname@example.org `. `' Freie Universitaet Berlin - email@example.com `- GPG: 62FF 8A75 84E0 2956 9546 0006 7426 3B37 F5B5 F913 Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2016-07-29 10:00:07
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