The University of Michigan’s new Center for Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) aims to make ASIC development easier and more affordable

This is a laudable effort, considering that the cost of developing a non-trivial (i.e., much more complex than the dumb ASICs for bitcoin mining) runs in the tens of millions of dollars.  However, I predict that most firms will still start their development with FPGA.  Of course, FPGA has much lower clock frequency and is not as energy-efficient as ASIC, its cost is orders of magnitude lower.

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