Semico Research Corp has been looking into the rising costs associated with new process nodes and the numbers don’t look pretty. Here are just a few highlights of their report:
- Total SoC design costs increased 48% from the 28nm node to the 20nm node and are expected to increase 31% again at the 14nm node and 35% at the 10nm node.
- Total SoC silicon design costs increased 78% at the 28nm node from the 40nm node.
- Total Software design costs increased 102% at the 28nm node and are forecast to show a CAGR of 79% through the 10nm node.
- Advanced Performance Multicore SoCs represent the most expensive silicon designs with Value Multicore SoCs and Basic SoCs exhibiting lower design costs.
- Derivative SoC silicon designs allow designers to accomplish their solutions at a fraction of the cost compared to first time efforts at the same process node when it first becomes commercially available.
- Costs for an Advanced Performance Multicore SoC design, continuously done at the 45nm node will experience a negative CAGR of 12.7% by the time the 14nm process geometry becomes commercially available, showing that subsequent designs at the same node become less expensive over time.
- 20nm silicon with a $20.00 ASP is required to ship 9.238M units to reach the breakeven point.
- The cost to integrate all the discrete IP blocks used in contemporary SoC designs is also rising for both the silicon and software efforts, showing a CAGR of 77.2%.
- Discussion of initiatives by EDA vendors to create tools allowing software designers to reduce design costs and more fully integrate their effort with silicon designers.
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