Frequently Asked Questions


Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions, or feel free to search:

General

We will generally take a look at how complex (size, power, and circuit layout), ethical, or physically viable your project is before making a decision.

Yes.  We are ITAR and ISO9001:2015 certified and GMP compliant (Quality Services Regulation, QSR).  We have worked on many projects in the past that have needed such certification.

Both.  We specialize in full turnkey custom ASIC production, but we can also do projects that involve ASIC designs only.  We love exploring new ideas and helping our clients in any way possible.

Sigenics has in-house capability for analog testing and low-speed digital testing; we subcontract package assembly and high-speed digital testing from other vendors.

Depending on the complexity of the project, start to finish can range anywhere from 9 months to 18 months.  We will generally spend a larger amount of time making sure that each and every specification is being met before beginning design work.  We want to spend more time going over specs, so that we can spend less time completing revisions on the back end.

There is no minimum order quantity, however, we do advise having a larger quantity so that the PPP (price per part) is much lower.  Due to the non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs, it is much smarter to order a larger quantity of chips.

  • Reduction in size, weight, power requirement
  • Obsolete part replacement
  • Barrier to entry for a particular product
  • Reduction of assembly complexity
  • Increased reliability
  • Fashionable

Sigenics can manufacture any required quantity of ASIC units, but we operate most efficiently and effectively for manufacturing volumes between ten thousand units per year and one million units per year.

Sigenics, Si is the element silicon.  The suffix, -genic, defines as to produce or cause.  Sigenics makes silicon chips happen.

An ASIC, application-specific integrated circuit, is a specialized integrated circuit used for a specific application.  

Check out our nifty ASIC cost calculator here to help you get an idea.

Sigenics has two locations in the United States.  The main office is located in Chicago, IL, and we also have a design center located in Irwindale, CA.  If you are ever in the area please stop by and check us out!

We have a team of in-house engineers who work together on each project.  You will also be in communication with our Director of Engineering or Chief Technology Officer throughout the entirety of your project.

Some want an ASIC because they need to reduce size, weight, and power requirements for some electronic function in their product (reduced compared to the same function constructed using commercial off-the-shelf parts).  ASICs are a great way to allow for more space in a tightly-spaced electronic design.

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