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ASIC, ASSP, SoC, FPGA – What's the Difference?

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elizabethsimon
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Re: Is an ASIC and SoC, or vice versa?
elizabethsimon   6/24/2014 5:18:03 PM
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The proper answer of course is C: none of the above or maybe it's D: all of the above.

While it's true that most SoCs are ASICs  and vice versa, it's possible to have an ASIC without a processor although these days it would be almost un-heard of. On the other hand, I would guess that most ASSPs these days are SoC and I suppose that some FPGAs could be considere SoC although I'd prefer that my SoC have some analog I/O. And then there's the Cypress PSoC devices which definately qualify as SoC but could they also be considered ASSP?

It's enough to make your head spin...

AndrewAPTemple
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Re: Ooh-ee!
AndrewAPTemple   6/24/2014 5:11:35 PM
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I am still being versed in all the details, but I hear there is even a world outside the walls of the engineering college (or the lab, or wherever the computer(s) is located). 

Crazy, right? 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Ooh-ee!
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 4:33:09 PM
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@Andrew: I actually plan to not be in front of a computer on the 11th.

Is that possible? I didn't know we were allowed to do that LOL

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Ooh-ee!
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 4:30:36 PM
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@Andrew: Will the radio show be recorded?

Yes -- you will be able to listen to it afterwards "on-demand"

AndrewAPTemple
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Re: Ooh-ee!
AndrewAPTemple   6/24/2014 4:21:24 PM
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Will the radio show be recorded? I actually plan to not be in front of a computer on the 11th. 

AZskibum
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Re: ASSP
AZskibum   6/24/2014 1:28:18 PM
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I've always viewed the differences between an ASIC, ASSP & standard product like this: an ASIC is designed for one customer and often includes some of that customer's IP. An ASSP is an ASIC that gets sold to several customers, competing in the same application space. It typically does not include IP from a specific customer, or if it does, that customer gets a specific time period of exclusivity. A standard product is designed to serve many customers in many different applications. You can buy standard products from distributors. FPGA simply describes a type of implementation -- programmable, rather than hard wired in silicon. Some FPGAs are SoCs, others are not.

Max The Magnificent
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Is an ASIC and SoC, or vice versa?
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 10:39:26 AM
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So -- based on my blog -- would you say that ASICs are a subset of SoCs -- or SoCs a subset of ASICs?

Max The Magnificent
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Re: backwards
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 10:37:48 AM
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@Wnderer: This Dilbert cartoon is classic!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: backwards
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2014 10:36:48 AM
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@alex_m1: ...you could afford yourself some delicious variables someday...

As tasty as they sound, I'm a fan of The Mighty Sprout

Wnderer
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Re: backwards
Wnderer   6/24/2014 10:33:02 AM
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