Exposing the hidden costs of using off-the-shelf analog ICs
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Studying GPM can offer an early indication of the viability of your design conversion to an Analog ASIC. Take the time to review the GPM of your selected Analog IC vendors. Remember, half the sales revenue of these companies is generating GPM greater that the figures shown in their annual report. Where do the products you use fit into that equation? If you are purchasing new designs, chances are that the products you are using are well into the upper half. If you are thinking of saving money with a cost down of your product, and you have the time to develop a custom solution, you might want to consider an Analog ASIC.