ASIC Integration Power Savings

Mixed Signal IC Integration Simply making the transition to an integrated mixed signal ASIC comes with some built-in power savings. These inherent power savings come from the ability to share reference resources among multiple elements and reductions in circuit parasitics that relax the requirements on output stages. Shared Reference Systems For the vast majority of…

Balancing Power and Performance

Power consumption and performance are a delicate balance. For many applications, especially in the case of low power sensors, bandwidth requirements are typically well defined by the phenomena being measured. For example the American Heart Association’s recommendation for the minimum bandwidth of a pediatric ECG waveform is 250Hz or 500 sps. A key requirement such…

Semi-custom analog and mixed signal arrays — the new alternative to full-custom ASICs

Introductory remarks Almost every electronic appliance is driven by market requirements to become smaller, consume less power and cost less. Add to these requirements the constant pressures Product Design Engineers are under to reduce development cost and design cycle times and the task becomes painfully challenging. A full-custom mixed-signal application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is…

VIA-Configurable Analog ASICs – Technology and Applications

Abstract A new alternative to full-custom analog/mixed signal ASICs will be introduced. This new approach applies many of the concepts of deep-submicron digital structured arrays to larger geometry analog processes. Consequently a place-and-route tool (normally only for the digital domain) can be used to configure an analog ASIC while maintaining performance comparable to classical full-custom…

Semi-custom VIA-configurable analog and mixed signal ASICs

Introductory Remarks Analog IC design has long been considered “full-custom only.” In this paper via-configurable analog/mixed signal technology is introduced as a means for resolving the critical issues confronting analog/mixed signal IC designers—cycle time and tooling cost. The method for developing and configuring via configurable arrays (VCAs) using a single via layer is described. Finally,…

Mixed Signal ASIC Design

Integrated Circuit Design has historically been an expensive, time consuming, andrisky undertaking accessible only to organizations with large budgets, high volume requirements and able to tolerate long and unpredictable development cycles; Until now….. Introducing Mixed Signal ASICs by Triad Semiconductor Triad Semiconductor (TRIAD) delivers mixed signal IC solutions using a radically different approach that allows you to integrate analog…