NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

The NASA ASIC Guide: Assuring ASICs for SPACE

Section Two: Vendor Evaluation


Section Objective:

To provide a structure for the evaluating team to determine a vendor's flight quality ASIC design and manufacturing capabilities.

A successful ASIC program needs a vendor capable of delivering to your requirements and suitable for a long-term, complex relationship with your group. We recommend developing a list of several government-approved ASIC vendors, to prevent legal problems over noncompetitive single-source bids. Vendor evaluations ensure that the vendor you select for your ASIC program has the capabilities to successfully accomplish both the specific ASIC task at hand and future ASIC work. Section One, Chapter 1 illustrates the advantages of keeping the number of vendors to a minimum. This section shows how to select vendors who will serve over the long-haul.

The two-step evaluation process presented in this section covers management evaluation and technical evaluation. Figure 2.0.1 provides an overall flow of vendor evaluation.

Figure 2.0.1 Vendor Evaluation Flow

We suggest these guidelines when evaluating a vendor:

The evaluations in this section are broken into the following areas:

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