NEC Presents Webcast on Gate Array ASIC, FPGA for Custom Silicon

Engineers working in the industrial market face a number of critical design challenges to support low power consumption, device security and long life cycles while delivering low-cost, highly reliable products. On April 2, NEC Electronics America will present a webcast hosted by EDN to provide tips that designers can apply to the development of custom silicon solutions for a wide range of applications: test and measurement equipment, factory automation products, instrumentation devices, and transportation systems, building automation equipment, HVAC and security systems, and medical electronics.

Conventional means of addressing these market requirements rely on the use of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Unfortunately, FPGAs alone no longer provide engineers with the optimal solution they demand. The webcast, “Developing lower-power, lower-cost, more secure products for the industrial market with custom silicon,” will highlight an alternative that employs the use of a gate array ASIC in combination with an FPGA. This combination can drastically reduce overall system costs by up to 80 percent, and also offers a multitude of other benefits such as lower power and increased security.

Moderated by Cheryl Ajluni, EDA industry expert, and Chris Tennant, Custom SoC Solutions program manager for NEC Electronics America, the webcast will discuss several points, including:

  • “FPGA + gate array” solution
  • Advantages of using this solution in the industrial market
  • How to implement this solution via real-world design examples
  • Benefits that gate array ASICs provide over alternative solutions

The webcast will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m. Pacific time. For those unable to attend the live webcast, it will be available on demand for one year.

Industry-Leading Gate Array Product Offering
As a leading gate array supplier for 25 years, and the number one worldwide supplier since 1993, NEC Electronics can manufacture engineering samples in as few as 9 calendar days from product tape-out, with mask charges starting as low as $10,000 and unit costs starting below $1 in volume quantities. NEC Electronics tapes out more than 200 gate array designs a year worldwide. For more information about the company’s gate array products go to:

Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TOKYO:6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of consumer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies.

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