Transistor count: Metric is often GE

Article: Transistor Count: A Flawed Metric
By: Chris L (not.delete@this.real.address), January 3, 2021 8:39 pm
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David Kanter ( on May 18, 2020 6:04 am wrote:
> Many vendors brag about the complexity of their design, as measured by transistor count.
> ... and there is no standard way of counting.

Actually, the industry tends to use Gate Equivalent for the metric, e.g. when purchasing some IP in RTL form, the post-synthesis will be quoted in GE.

That said, your other remarks about the overall design and architecture are spot on.
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