Replacing FPGAs with Low Cost ASICs

FPGA Conversion Break-Even 

We define a FPGA conversion break-even point as being the number of devices you need so that your savings equals the ASIC NRE investment.  Mathematically, this becomes:

Break-Even Volume =                     NRE Charge                      
                                          (FPGA Unit Price – ASIC Unit Price)    

The following tables list a number of different CPLDs and FPGAs, and the estimated breakeven volume for each part. In general, if your volumes exceed the breakeven volume in 6 to 9 months, then a FPGA conversion into an ASIC makes economic sense for you. Click the link corresponding to your FPGA to view the breakeven volumes.

Xilinx Spartan List

Spartan Spartan XL Spartan 2 Spartan 2E
Spartan 3 Spartan 3A Spartan 3E  


Xilinx Virtex List

Virtex Virtex XL Virtex 2 Virtex 4


Altera Max List

Max 7000 Max 7000S Max 7000B Max 9000


Altera Flex List

Flex 6000 Flex 8000 Flex 10K Flex 10KE


Altera Acex and Apex List

Acex 1K Apex 20K Apex 20KC Apex 20KE
Apex II      


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