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Design Issues: Cost Reduction
Costs associated with microprocessor applications include
- chip cost,
- integration cost, and
- operation cost.
Note that the first two of these are one-time costs which determine the cost of the application, but the third affects the cost of its use.
In the embedded world, the cost of the final product is usually the main factor determining the success of the product. The cost of the overall system includes not only the cost of the chip, but also the costs of integration and operation. Here we discuss how the issue of system cost affects microprocessor design.