@betajet: How much is the term ASSP = Application-Specific Standard Part actually used?
I think it depends on one's audience. I'm reasonably confidant that my mother and her friends don't use it at all. By comparrison, I would say that a large number of the people with whom I rub shoulders on a daily basis use it very commonly indeed.
I'd be interested to hear what others have to say about this.
How much is the term ASSP = Application-Specific Standard Part actually used? Until today, I though it stood for Application-Specific Signal Processor :-) I've looked at any number of data sheets for complex chips like the SMSC LAN9512 USB hub with Ethernet, and they don't seem to need the term. I would think that any non-customized chip you can buy from a vendor is by default one of their standard parts, so you only need an additional term like ASIC if it's customer-specific.