Whitepaper: Lowering the barriers to entry for ASICs

The future of IoT and its rate of scalability depends upon increased functionality in the smallest form factors. Arm knows that OEMs are increasingly turning to custom SoCs/ASICs for a wealth of benefits: differentiation, cost savings, improved reliability, and smaller products.

So, at Arm, we wanted to better understand the perceived risks involved for OEMs – what makes custom SoCs a task too large for some, yet too compelling not to, for others? And how can we help reduce complexity and initial outlay, whilst increasing time-to-market and success rates.

That is why we commissioned TIRIAS Research to detail why OEMs are choosing custom SoCs despite the perceived potential risks. Then, recommend ways that OEMs can get from concept to silicon faster, simpler, and with increased confidence – regardless of in-house experience or start-up budget.

The report concludes:

There has never been a better time to build your own custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). Despite the talk of Moore’s Law slowing and the cost of new chips rising, there are many opportunities to turn your sensor-driver design or your multi-chip controller into a small ASIC to lower costs and protect your intellectual property (IP).

...Building an ASIC always involves some risks – product delays, sub-optimal execution, cost overruns, etc. The challenge is to manage those risks as most designs are sensitive to time-to- market and costs.

Download this free whitepaper by TIRIAS Research to learn:

  • Why design custom SoCs/ASICs?
  • The routes to silicon – design team in-house or use an external design house
  • Benefits of using an external design house for a custom SoC/ASIC
  • Design considerations – process node, proprietary vs. open source processors, etc.
  • How to reduce risk and accelerate time to market with industry-leading IP for a $0 license fee with Arm DesignStart
  • Additional ways to reduce risk with Arm, such as expert support and a world-leading ecosystem of tools, software, and services

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