The ability to put a full System on Chip—including software—is now available with the Fabs growing ability to combine flash memory and conventional logic on the same die. System on Chip (SoC) is every production manager’s dream. A product that includes nothing but a single IC and some discrete components is simple to inventory, produce, test and troubleshoot. These products will generally be easier to package, consume less power and have fewer fabrication failures. This article discusses in elementary terms the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of SoC design.

Reprinted in its entirety from ARM IQ Vol. 3, No. 4