The paper presents a state-of-the-art commercial demonstrator chip for infinite impulse response (IIR) filtering. The programmable IIR filter chip contains eight multiplier/accumulators that can be configured in one of five different modes to implement up to a 16th-order IIR filter. The multiply-accumulate block is based on a highly regular systolic array architecture and uses a redundant number system to overcome problems of pipelining in the feedback loop. The chip has been designed using the GEC Plessey Semiconductors CLA 78000 series gate array, operates on 16-bit two's complement data and has a clock speed of 30 MHz. Issues such as overflow detection and design for testability have also been addressed and are described.