|ASIC - Application Specific Integrated Circuit: A microchip that was designed for
(usually) a single function or limted application.
|CM - Contract Manufacturing: A company that assembled the products based on a design and drawings
that you provide. Typically such a company will not have engineering services available to
|EMS - Electronics Manufacturing Service: A company, such as Assembled Products, Inc. that provides a
full range of engineering, manufacturing, and technical support services.
|EDA - Electronics Design Automation: Usually
refers to Computer Assisted Design/Engineering.
|FPGA - Field
Programmable Gate Array: A microchip that can be
programmed (changed) "in the field" after manufacturing.
|IDT - Independent
Design Team: A company providing a "per
job" desgin service.
|ODM - Original Device
Manufacturer: A Company that builds a product for
another company to market. This company typically retains the intellectual property
|OEM - Original
Equipment Manufacturer: Traditionally a company that designs and manufactured
its own product.
|VMI - Vendor
Managed Inventory: Inventory control system which is contracted to another
entity, either a CM or EMS provider or parts distributor.