|Triad Semi Introduces Three New Via-Configurable ASIC Arrays |
February 2, 2012 -- Triad Semiconductor, Inc. today announced the availability of a family of three new mixed-signal via-configurable arrays (VCAs). The new arrays, VCA-3, VCA-5, and VCA-8 are the smaller siblings to VCA-6. VCA-6 is Triad's million-gate plus mixed-signal via-configurable array.
These new VCAs all share the same type of high-performance analog and digital configurable circuits as VCA-6. These new smaller arrays are ideal for cost-optimized mixed-signal applications that can benefit from single-chip integration. This family of arrays (VCA-3, 5, 6 and 8) is fabricated on IBM's 180-nm RF-CMOS process (7RF) providing cost-effective, high-precision mixed-signal solutions. Fabricated in North America, these arrays are ideal for commercial applications and can support a full ITAR-compliant flow as needed for defense applications.
The VCA-3, VCA-5, and VCA-8 family of devices share similar analog and digital resources. The arrays provide a range of analog and digital capabilities with VCA-3 being the smallest of the new arrays while VCA-5 and VCA-8 have similar die sizes with different mixes of analog and digital resources to better match a range of design requirements. This spread of capabilities lets designers match their high-performance, mixed-signal requirements to exactly the VCA that best fits their needs thereby optimizing cost, package size and power consumption.
All of the analog and digital resources are arranged into tiles. A single Via-Only mask layer change configures and interconnects these analog and digital resources into a wide range of mixed-signal circuits. If the design can be conceived of as an interconnection of op-amps, resistors, capacitors, logic and memory then the design can be implemented on a Triad VCA. As with all Triad VCAs, a wide variety of package options can be supported to best match system requirements. An ITAR-compliant design and manufacturing flow coupled with an expansive packaging offering makes these VCAs a good choice as an end-of-life (EoL) or obsolescence re-design solution. Older FPGA, FPGA plus analog, and EOL ASICs can be replaced quickly and inexpensively with these VCA solutions.
- VCA-3 - 28 single-ended amplifiers, 16 fully-differential amplifiers, 17.9Mohms of resistance, 3,030 resistors, 625pF of capacitance, 4,037 capacitors, 334 PFETs, 339 NFETs, 81 PNP BJTs, 744 switches, resistive DAC tile, 56,700 ASIC gates, 83kbits of dual-port SRAM, 144kbits of via-ROM, 124 configurable I/O.
- VCA-5 - 32 single-ended amplifiers, 8 fully-differential amplifiers, 21.54M ohms of resistance, 2,996 resistors, 615pF of capacitance, 4,250 capacitors, 525 PFETs, 534 NFETs, 81 BJTs, 528 switches, 5 current steering DAC tiles, resistive DAC tile, 100,800 ASIC gates, 147Kbits of dual-port SRAM, 192Kbits of via-ROM, 160 configurable I/O.
- VCA-8 - 28 single-ended amplifiers, 12 fully-differential amplifiers, 15.9M ohms of resistance, 2,582 resistors, 543pF of capacitance, 3,469 capacitors, 270 PFETs, 275 NFETs, 648 switches, resistive DAC tile, 151,200 ASIC gates, 221Kbits of dual-port SRAM, 288Kbits of via-ROM, 160 configurable I/O.
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|Keywords: ASICs, ASIC design, structured ASICs, Triad Semiconductor, via-configurable arrays (VCAs)|
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