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Old 10 July 2008, 08:22   #160
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We've already had this conversation, hardened ASICs are cheaper... but still in the $200,000 - $300,000 NRE region for production.

Some vendors do offer what is called "shuttle-run" or MPW where the mask only contains one or two dies per wafer instead of the usual 100's (the others on the wafer being other people's projects). The NRE of an MPW is significantly lower as the cost of the masks is shared but the price per chip is much, much higher and if you want production quantities you have to buy a new mask.
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