Optimized for low power, area sensitive and low cost applications
LOS ALTOS, California, September 1, 2010 - True Circuits, Inc. (TCI), a
leading provider of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) for
the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries announced today the
immediate availability of a new line of silicon-proven General Purpose
Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) hard macros that are well suited for system clock,
DDR and general purpose timing applications. The General Purpose PLL is
available in a variety of TSMC and GlobalFoundries processes. It is designed
as a low power, small size and wide range clock multiplier with deskew
capability that delivers optimal jitter performance over all multiplication
settings, and is ideal for low power, area sensitive and low cost applications.
Fabless customers and IDMs around the world have come to True Circuits over
the last 12 years for high performance, high functionality PLLs and DLLs to
fully differentiate their products in the marketplace. While True Circuits
is proud of its heritage as a technology leader and will continue to serve
the high performance segment of the market, it recognizes that many chip
applications do not require this degree of functionality, and some are quite
power, area and cost sensitive. In the past, designers of these chips often
had to settle for point solution PLLs from foundries or other vendors, or
accept marginal PLLs thrown in as part of packaged IP licenses to keep total
IP costs to a minimum. True Circuits has decided to introduce the General
Purpose PLL at a low price to enable any customer to obtain a quality,
low-jitter, wide range PLL for considerably less than they are currently
paying for lesser PLL IP available in the marketplace. As with all timing
IP from True Circuits, the General Purpose PLL has been extensively
characterized and silicon validated and is available in a variety of TSMC
and GlobalFoundries processes from 130nm to 28nm.
"We have been listening carefully when our customers and partners explain
the cost and margin pressures they experience everyday in managing their
product lines", remarked Stephen Maneatis, True Circuits, CEO. "At the same
time, they acknowledge how important quality, performance and availability
are in the IP that they source. For a company that has always led with
technology, we are excited to be able to introduce a new PLL to the
marketplace that provides our customers with a nice mix of performance and
features at a very attractive price."
About True Circuits PLLs and DLLs
True Circuits offers a complete family of standardized and silicon-proven
general purpose, clock generator, deskew, low bandwidth 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 over which they deliver optimal
performance, avoiding the cost and complexity of licensing multiple
point-solution PLLs from foundries or other vendors. TCI's DLLs are available
in mutli-slave and multi-phase versions and delay a set of signals by
precise and adjustable fractions of a reference clock cycle independent of
voltage and temperature, are ideal for high-speed DDR interface applications
and are available in different sizes and form factors. Customized PLL and
DLL solutions are also available for specialized chip applications.
True Circuits PLLs and DLLs are available for immediate customer delivery in
TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC and Common Platform processes from 180nm to 28nm.
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Price and Availability
True Circuits General Purpose PLLs are available for immediate customer
delivery in TSMC processes from 130nm to 28nm and GlobalFoundries processes
from 130nm to 65nm. Customers can license its timing IP either directly from
TCI or through its global network of design services partners and sales
reps. The hard macros are available for a per use license fee and no royalty
fees. The license fee includes integration support from TCI or its partners
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 industry leading 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 close association with the world's
leading fabs, IDMs, and design services companies allow the company to
quickly and reliably create new and innovative designs in a variety of
advanced process technologies. Over the last 12 years, True Circuits has
distinguished itself as the technology leader in the timing IP space, and its
PLLs and DLLs are used extensively around the world in its customers'
products with production volumes now in the billions.
True Circuits is headquartered at 4300 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Los Altos,
California 94022 and can be found on the web at
www.truecircuits.com. Product inquiries
can be made by calling the company directly at (650) 949-3400 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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