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.

https://news.engin.umich.edu/2018/01/reimagining-how-computers-are-designed-university-of-michigan-leads-new-32m-center/

http://blog.zorinaq.com/asic-development-costs-are-lower-than-you-think/

http://blog.ebv.com/asic-expensive-part/

http://anysilicon.com/asic-right-next-iot-product/

https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/eu/product/custom-soc/platform/ffsa.html

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