An ASIC (Application Specific Integration Circuit) is almost any IC which is not a generic processor (CPU). It can be a full custom, COT product (Customer Owned Tooling where the IC designer supplies the GDS2 to the foundry) but it is usually used for Standard Cell based Designs. The sign-off can be at RTL, Static Timing Analyzed Gate Level or GDS2 level. The NRE goes down with each step (IOW, RTL sign-off NRE is higher than GDS2 NRE).

ASIC development usually consists of the following steps:


This page is under construction

email us if you have any comments/questions.

Go Back To DSPIA Inc. Home Page

Copyright 2011  by DSPIA Inc.