Does anyone here have experience in converting a circuit to ASIC?
It's a fairly simple design. Nothing esoteric. Here are my questions:1 - Who does this? We have zero experience here, and will just farm it out. (We're located in the US.) A search on ThomasRegister yielded 96 "hits", but have not done much with that list yet....
2 - Is there a ballpark guesstimate of what a per-piece ASIC equivalent might run us? For example, if our prototype (using Digikey onesies-twosies) ran $4.50 US including the board but ignoring labor, what's a reasonable ratio?3 - Finally what about ASIC development costs? I'm presently guessing $250K US to get it converted and then we'll buy units from there. (In other words, the non-recurring engineering costs) Does that seem a reasonable estimate to anyone??
What has been your experience with similar projects? Thanks!!