Re: The Chips Act
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Many ASIC designs could also be done as a FPGA first, further speeding up design and verification. The prototype could be a power hungry but otherwise exact logical equivalent to the final ASIC product.
On Wed, Jun 29, 2022, 11:39 AM Mark KB0US via groups.io <email@example.com> wrote:
Once upon a time in the 1980s when chips were made out of stone (a little silicon humor), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) cared about one thing -- CPU speed. That was where the intellectual property was and where there was an advantage in war fighting and space (aka Star Wars). Memory was less important (except from a radiation hardening perspective) and support chips weren't very important at all. Standard ICs were only important to the extent you could get them in Mil Std packaging. And so, there was a lot of money available for CPU fabs in the U.S. along with needing to keep the IP in the U.S.