True Circuits, Inc. (TCI), a leading provider of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) for the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries announced the availability of a new line of silicon-proven TSMC 65nm Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) and Delay-Locked Loop (DLL) hard macros targeting high-speed timing applications. True Circuits has already licensed this IP to customers who have incorporated it into products that will begin shipping in 2007. True Circuits has also been working closely with other leading silicon foundries and IDMs on the porting and silicon testing of its PLLs and DLLs in their 65nm processes.
“Our continued focus on R&D and our proven design methodology allow us to quickly and reliably port our designs to advanced processes so our customers have the high-performance timing IP they will need to accelerate their 65nm product development,” remarked Stephen Maneatis, True Circuits, CEO. “We have licensed 65nm PLLs and DLLs to a number of key TSMC customers during the last year and are seeing strong demand for our industry-leading timing technologies across a number of industry segments.”
True Circuits’ 65nm PLL and DLL designs are based on TCI’s industry-leading analog timing circuits that have been used in hundreds of customer products in 0.25um to 90nm processes with many different foundries and IDMs. TCI has extensively characterized this new line of PLL and DLL hard macros for optimal 65nm performance and continues to engage with key partners and customers in the development and silicon testing of test chips and pre-production products.
About True Circuits PLLs and DLLs
True Circuits offers a complete family of standardized and silicon-proven clock generator, deskew, low bandwidth, high resolution and spread spectrum PLLs and DDR DLLs that spans nearly all performance points and features typically requested by ASIC, FPGA and SoC designers. These high quality, low-jitter PLL and DLL hard macros are suited to a wide variety of interface standards and chip applications. They are pin-programmable, highly process tolerant and reusable. They are also easy to integrate and are fully supported, so customers can reduce both design and silicon risks.
True Circuits PLLs are available in a range of frequencies, multiplication factors (1-4096), sizes and functions. Each features the company’s LockNow!(TM) Technology to dramatically improve PLL lock times. This is a significant advantage for chips that need fast restarts from low-power modes.
True Circuits DLLs delay a set of signals by precise and adjustable fractions of a reference clock cycle independent of voltage and temperature. They are available in different sizes and form factors and are ideal for high-speed DDR interface applications.
Price and Availability
True Circuits PLLs and DLLs are available for immediate customer delivery in TSMC, UMC and CHRT processes from 0.18um to 65nm. The hard macros are available for a per use license fee with reuse options and no royalty fees. The license fee includes integration support from TCI to ensure a successful customer tape out. The deliverables include GDSII and LVS Spice netlists, behavioral and synthesis models, Library Exchange Format (LEF) files and extensive user documentation.
About True Circuits
True Circuits develops and markets a broad range of award-winning PLLs, DLLs and other mixed-signal hard macros for ICs for the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries. TCI’s robust state-of-the-art circuits, methodical and proven design strategy and its close association with the world’s leading silicon foundries and IDMs, allow the company to quickly and reliably create new and innovative designs in a variety of advanced process technologies.
True Circuits is headquartered at 4300 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Los Altos, California 94022. Product inquiries can be made by calling the company directly at (650) 949-3400 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acronyms and definitions:
ASIC = Application Specific IC
IP = Intellectual Property
DLL = Delay-Locked Loop
IC = Integrated Circuit
FPGA = Field Programmable Gate Array
SoC = System on a Chip
PLL = Phase-Locked Loop
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