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OEM-Foundry Direct: Evaluate Your ASIC Business Case

Published: 12 January 2018

ID: G00344852

Analyst(s): George Brocklehurst , Jon Erensen , Samuel Wang


In a rush to gain a competitive edge, OEMs will miscalculate the true costs and value of the OEM-foundry direct business model. To avoid failure, system/OEM technology business unit leaders must follow best practices when evaluating the cost of an internal ASIC development.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Defining What You Need
    • Fund a Feasibility Study
    • Don't Replicate; Optimize for Greater System Benefits
    • Evaluate Patent Landscape
    • Scope the Additional Software Activities and Compatibility
  • Project Deliverables
    • Be Realistic With Time to Production-Ready!
    • Be Aware of the Hidden Activities That Provide Quality
    • Yield Improvements and Production Ramp
  • Understanding Risk
    • Innovative Architectures and Circuit Design
    • Minimum Viable Product
    • Derisk Through Prototyping
  • The Business Case
    • Understand the Costs of the Manufacturing Process Early
    • Quantify Revenue Advantages From Performance Improvements
    • Factor in Roadmap and Product Line Synergies

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