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The Business Case for Affordable Custom Silicon
Custom silicon is every device maker’s ideal – a highly optimized, efficient system designed exactly to your application requirements. Custom silicon however was always considered outside of reach for low- and medium-volume OEMs. The reality is that custom SoC designs are today more affordable than ever. With high volume consumer products pushing the cutting edge of advanced process nodes, foundry capacity at mature process nodes is being freed up. These mature process nodes are fully depreciated and therefore make it more affordable than ever to fabricate custom chips. Year on year the number of discrete components in a system increases. This has a knockon effect of increasing BOM costs. Being able to integrate these components onto a single SoC has the potential to offer considerable BOM cost savings. In this paper S3 Semiconductors will show how a recent development in the design and manufacture of a custom chip for a customer in the Energy market resulted in 80% reduction in electronic BOM costs while making improvements in the overall performance of the system. While custom chip design is becoming feasible at lower volumes, producing them still requires unique relationships with foundries, strong mixed-signal design expertise, and experience in low- to medium-volume chip production. S3 Semiconductors will show that with more than 20 years’ experience in managing production logistics, we are well situated to deliver strong custom chip designs to production even at small to medium volumes.
--- Date: 01.03.2018 Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Location: Conference Counter NCC Ost