Frequently Asked Questions
Reliability: Some will argue that reducing part and connectivity count will improve the reliability of the system. This was more true 20 or 30 years ago than today. With the advanced level of manufacturing techniques available today from the global contract manufacturers, failure rates are already very low. Yes, you will see improvement but it is more a third or fourth order effect in the decision process.
Performance, cost and size reduction are often cited as the main drivers for creating an iASIC. Study your situation carefully to determine if the combination of these benefits makes your design/application worthy of integration. It is likely that when viewed individually, the benefits are marginally better, but when taken in their entirety, the choice will become obvious. Standard Analog ICs offer a wide range of performance, and those at the high end are priced accordingly… because the market will bear it. Quite honestly, there is minimal if any cost differential to manufacture a standard product versus its high performance sibling. When you contract JVD to design your Analog iASIC, we don’t gouge you for high performance. We maintain fair margins, regardless of your requirements. If your Analog iASIC design has critical performance specifications, more than likely you will save a lot of money with JVD as your supplier.
Protect your ideas: Embedding your proprietary ideas into a custom IC is not a guarantee of security. Companies all over the world have techniques to buy an end product, de-capsulate a critical component and reverse engineer it. If yours is a Billion dollar idea, rest assured, someone will try it. They may even try it for a ten million dollar idea. It can’t be stopped, however what we can do is not give these evil minded forces a head start. By restricting the geographical distribution of your design, JVD reduces the chances of your IP falling into the wrong hands. All our design engineers are US citizens. We use vendors to make masks and foundries to make wafers that are located here on US soil. This reduces the chance of your ideas being pirated by those sinister sources.
When we quote your design, we pair your needs with the best available engineer(s) in our talent pool… engineers who understand not just basic analog design, but the end applications and the subtleties most other chip designers don’t know about. We also consider this in the context of which fab process will best suite your product. We then design your chip to match the most optimum process that will offer you consistently high yields and thus the best price/performance ratio. And when it comes to the analog aspects of your design, we hand craft it so you’re not stuck with the fixed performances of a limited number of analog cells in someone’s library. Risky? Not really. Trust us; there are a lot of library based analog cells that don’t meet the specifications they claim…and there’s nothing any customer can do about that.