by PRICE Consultants
| September 25, 2014
What follows is PRICE's interpretation of how to model FPGA’s and ASICs inside our current version of TruePlanning® 2012 SR2 and older versions. ASICs are an application-specific integrated circuit, customized for a particular use. FPGAs are Field-programmable gate arrays and are considered the modern-day technology that can be used in many different applications because of the programmable logical blocks. In industry ASICs has grown from 5,000 gates to over 100 million. Designers of digital ASICs use a VHDL language for the functionality.
Estimating Best Practice for TruePlanning:
Model your electronics at the board level in Hardware Component, and use the Manufacturing Complexity for Electronics calculator.
In addition below are a couple of key Rules of Thumbs
There will be a new release of PRICE, TruePlanning2014, which will include an ASIC and FPGA calculators on the Hardware component. Nevertheless, until the release use this guidance.