The electronics industry as we know it today is really built around three fundamental categories of products (we might call them the three "S's"): software, semiconductors, and systems. Innovation happens in each of the three categories which spurs further progress, creating a "virtuous cycle" driving the whole industry forward. Innovation in software has always had the lowest barrier to entry from a financial perspective - literally anyone with decent coding skills and a computer can start with very little money needed for anything else. Creating system-level hardware has been only slightly more financially challenging. Just about anyone can get some relatively low-cost PCB layout software, design a board, and then gather a small amount of money to buy some chips and have their board or boards fabricated.
Develop an ASIC for less than $10,000? I didn’t believe it either. But according to Jeff DiCorpo, a Senior VP at efabless, not only is it possible, but people are doing it with his company’s tools. Learn how to generate your own design on this week’s Embedded Executives podcast.
A mixed-signal SoC, nearly 75 percent of Raven?s die area leverages X-FAB analog IP and standard macros. Simulations project a maximum clock speed of 150 MHz.