Triad Semiconductor designs and manufactures full-custom analog and mixed signal ASICs
Our IC design team will partner with you to convert your design ideas into an optimized full-custom ASIC based on your specification. We utilize a rigorous ISO-certified design process that has been refined through the process of delivering hundreds of successful custom ICs to production.
Triad has invented, patented and refined via-reconfigurable ASIC technology. We make full-custom circuitry reconfigurable by overlaying these circuits with our patented via configurable routing fabric.
Unique to Triad’s patented via reconfigurable approach, we overlay carefully chosen sections of the ASIC with specially designed routing fabric that is hand placed by a full-custom IC design expert. In the digital section of the device, where noise concerns are less, the fabric pattern will look very regular and uniform. In the analog portion of the IC, the fabric will look significantly more hand-crafted.
The combination of full-custom circuitry with our patented routing fabric delivers powerful benefits. Both the interconnection and configuration of the analog and digital resources within your ASIC can be re-configured by changing a single via mask layer between the routing fabric layers.
Triad’s via reconfigurable intellectual property (IP) portfolio includes:
We design and group together useful combinations of proven circuitry and via configurable fabric into a reuse-able IP resource that we refer to as a tile.
Triad’s tile IP portfolio numbers over 150 proven tiles useful for implementing a wide variety of circuits. An example tile would be an op-amp tile. Such a tile consists of: multiple op-amps accompanied by arrays of capacitors, resistors, transistors and switches and local logic. The tile is then carefully overlaid with routing fabric. This op-amp tile is useful for making a variety of circuits including: programmable gain stages, active RC filters, switched capacitor filters, sigma delta modulators, integrators, etc. All of these circuits can be re-configured onto this op-amp tile by a single via mask layer change.
We utilize this portfolio of via reconfigurable tile IP (circuits, fabric and software) to rapidly assemble ASICs for your application.
Your ASIC will be an optimum mixture of existing Triad tile IP and new full-custom IP to satisfy the performance and cost targets of your program. Where possible we reuse proven tile IP to satisfy your requirements. This approach frees us to focus our design creativity and verification efforts on the most critical portions of your design that will have the greatest impact on differentiating your product in the market. This approach to ASIC design is fast, safe and highly profitable for our partners.
|ASIC Development Activity||Triad Reconfigurable ASICs (weeks)||Others – Traditional full-custom Only ASICs (weeks)|
|Design & Verification||20||24|
|Fabrication 2||4 (via mask only)||12 (full mask)|
|Time-to-Market (start to production)||47 weeks (11 months)||81 weeks(19 months)|
40% improvement in Time-to-Market with Triad’s approach.
How much is getting to market eight months earlier worth?
|ASIC Development Activity||Triad Reconfigurable ASICs (cost)||Others - Traditional full-custom Only ASICs (cost)|
|Design & Verification||$400,000||$400,000|
|Time-to-Market (start to production)||$400K – $450K (33%-44% savings)||$600K – $800K|
* Note: Fabrication 3 costs are shown as $150K. This represents $100K for the tape out plus an additional $50K for fabrication expediting. As often happens on traditional designs. Expedite fees are used as a way to save 3-5 weeks in the fabrication process when the design is late to production. These expedite fees tend to be quite expensive compared to the amount of time they can actually save.
|ASIC Development Activity||Triad Reconfigurable ASICs (cost)||Others – Traditional full-custom Only ASICs (costs)|
|First ASIC Development||$400,000||$600K – $800K|
|Derivative ASIC #1||$100,000||$600K – $800K|
|Derivative ASIC #2||$75,000||$600K – $800K|
|Derivative ASIC #3||$75,000||$600K – $800K|
|Total-Cost-of-Ownership (TCO) for a 4 ASIC program||$650,000 (70%-80% savings)||$2.4M – $3.2M|
With your Triad reconfigurable ASIC, optimized for your business, you can create four derivative IC products for less than the cost of two traditional full-custom ASIC developments.