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New guide by IC’Alps helps organizations successfully introduce a custom integrated circuit into their product




Meylan, FRANCE – November 09, 2020 - IC’Alps, French design house, today announced a guide developed by custom integrated circuit (IC) design and supply experts to provide organizations with all the important information they could need about custom IC design and why their electronics system should use it.


Developers can choose to build their electronics system with a general purpose discrete solution, comprising a set of off-the-shelf components (COTS). There is all-in-one alternative to COTS: an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) - an integrated circuit (IC) chip customized for a particular use and customer exclusive.


But why going through the process of designing an ASIC from scratch when an organization can leverage off-the- shelf and silicon proven components from leading vendors?


This new guide by IC’Alps outlines some of the virtues of Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) relative to a discrete alternative, and supported by different use cases.

In this way

  • RoI for introducing an ASIC could be less than 1 year
  • An ASIC could divide power consumption by a factor 10
  • An ASIC could help achieve application-specific form factor requirements, impossible to reach with a COTS approach

Available for immediate download from IC’Alps website, the guide offers answers to questions such as:

  • What are the market trends driving ASIC demand?
  • What is ASIC technology? How can it drive down costs? Supported by 3 RoI examples
  • What are the benefits of designing an ASIC? With illustration through 4 use cases
  • An ASIC design flow, timeline and cost structure from specification to production

To download the guide:


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For more information about IC’Alps’ expertise, please visit our website


About IC’Alps


IC’Alps is your one-stop shop ASIC partner. The company provides customers with a complete offering for Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) and Systems on Chip (SoC) development from circuit specification, mastering design in-house, up to the management of the entire production supply chain. From its technical centre in France (Grenoble area), IC’Alps supports multiple projects in the demanding medical, industrial, transport, IoT, and mil/aero sectors. The highly qualified engineering teams cover every expertise needed, and have a long experience of on-demand analog, mixed-signal and digital integrated circuits on technologies from 0.35 µm down to 16 nm. IC’Alps has a proven track record of success with sensor/MEMS AFE interfaces, low power consumption designs, high-resolution converters, signal processing, hardware accelerators, to name a few. Moreover, the company has a large experience designing ASIC and SoC incorporating mono or multi-core architectures (RISC-V, Arm). Being a partner of major semiconductor foundries, IP providers, as well as packaging and test houses, IC’Alps is well placed to support customers with full life-cycle solutions. IC'Alps is Arm® Approved Design Partner, a program created by the world’s leading semiconductor IP company. IC’Alps is ISO 9001, ISO 13485, EN 9100 certified. Common Criteria ISO 15408 certification is expected by end of 2020.


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