June 19-21, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Booth #1327
True Circuits, Inc. (TCI), a leading provider of analog and mixed-signal
intellectual property (IP) for the semiconductor, systems and electronics
At the Design Automation Conference (DAC), True Circuits will showcase its
low power IoT PLL hard macros that are specifically tailored to the
stringent power requirements and wide frequency operation range of the
rapidly-growing IoT market. Sipping only 45uW at 30MHz and running from
core power, the "IoT PLL" is designed for very low power. With
multiplication factors up to 8192, the PLL is able to run off of a small and
inexpensive 32KHz crystal and still clock a 32-bit CPU at up to 250MHz. The
IoT PLL is ideal for applications like wearables and senor devices, where
the power-performance profile must be managed tightly, and possibly over a
very wide frequency range.
True Circuits will also showcase its high-performance Ultra PLL hard macros
that are well suited for the most demanding chip applications, including
high-speed SerDes and ADC input clocks. The state-of-the-art Ultra PLL is
designed as an ultra low jitter, extremely wide range clock multiplier with
precise fractional frequency control and optional spread spectrum
capability, giving chip designers the ultimate in performance, features and
ease of use.
True Circuits will further showcase its revolutionary DDR 4/3 PHY with
state-of-the-art tuning and training, and remarkable physical flexibility to
adapt to each customer's die floorplan and package. The DDR 4/3 PHY has been
developed using the powerful custom design automation tools that have made
TCI's line of high performance PLLs and DLLs a staple in the semiconductor
industry for over 18 years. The availability of this revolutionary PHY
means customers can now license a PHY with significant performance and
features without all the implementation and timing closure hassles that are
common with current DDR offerings.
True Circuits will also feature its complete line of standardized and
silicon-proven general purpose, clock generator, deskew, and spread spectrum
PLLs, and multi-slave and multi-phase DLLs that spans nearly all performance
points, features and foundry processes 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, reusable and available for
delivery in TSMC, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and UMC processes from 180nm to 7nm.
True Circuits will discuss a number of topics that should be helpful to chip
managers and designers, including IP selection, IP integration, IP reuse,
jitter specifications and silicon testing.
John Maneatis, Ph.D., True Circuits' President, will make an IP/Design Track
presentation in Ballroom G on Wednesday at 10:30 AM. John's presentation is
titled "The Secret to Building IP at the Cutting Edge". At 7nm and beyond,
the cost and time to develop IP is very high. To gain a suitable return,
it's critical to have an efficient design methodology that produces a
portfolio of attractive solutions in many process variants, metal stacks, Vt
selections, and even completely different foundries. TCI employs a range of
fascinating techniques, from building robust circuits, to using proprietary
extensions of CAD tools to creating designs and deliverables from one,
universal database. In his presentation, John will explain the engineering
behind a highly automated CAD flow that enables TCI to maximize IP
consistency, quality and reuse.
John Maneatis and Brian Gardner, True Circuits' V.P. of Business
Development, will also make presentations about True Circuits and our
complete timing IP product portfolio in the ChipEstimate.com booth #347 each
day of the conference.
True Circuits will co-host two parties at DAC again this year, including the
HOT Party at Speakeasy on Monday night and the Stars of IP Party at
Speakeasy on Tuesday night. Come join us and celebrate all that is good with
When and Where
Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
True Circuits Booth #1327
Monday - Wednesday, June 19-21, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
DAC IP/Design Track Presentation, Ballroom G
Title: The Secret to Building IP at the Cutting Edge
Presenter: John G. Maneatis, Ph.D.
Wednesday, June 21, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
ChipEstimate.com Booth #347
Monday, June 19, 4:00 PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2:30 PM
Wednesday, June 21, 11:00 AM
For more information about True Circuits' PLLs, DLLs and DDR PHYs, please visit
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About True Circuits IoT PLLs
The IoT PLL is designed for very low power, sipping only 45uW at 30MHz and
running from core power. It has a wide frequency range with multiplication
factors up to 8192, allowing the PLL to run off of a small and inexpensive
32KHz crystal and still clock a 32-bit CPU at up to 250MHz. It is ideal for
IoT applications like wearables and senor devices, where the
power-performance profile must be managed tightly, and possibly over a very
wide frequency range.
About True Circuits Ultra PLLs
The Ultra PLL employs a new state-of-the-art architecture and uses
high-speed digital and analog circuits to achieve exceptional performance,
with many useful features. It has ultra low jitter (<500fs) for the most
demanding SerDes and ADC input clocks. It has ultra wide frequency range
with multiplication factors from 3 to over 250,000, supporting reference
clocks as low as 32KHz. It also has precise frequency control with a least
26 fractional bits (at least 10 precise) for extremely high fractional-N
resolution. It can even generate precise and adjustable frequency spreading
with programmable rate and depth to meet tight FCC requirements. The Ultra
PLL packs all these features into a compact size that draws low power and,
with full pin programmability, one PLL can be used for all applications on a
About True Circuits PLLs and DLLs
In addition to the IoT and Ultra PLLs, True Circuits offers a complete
family of standardized and silicon-proven general purpose, clock generator,
deskew, 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 support a wide range of frequencies, multiplication
factors 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 different sizes and form factors. They delay a set
of signals by precise and adjustable fractions of a reference clock cycle
independent of voltage and temperature and are ideal for high-speed DDR and
ONFI interface applications. 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 and UMC processes from 180nm to 7nm. For more
information about True Circuits IP products, visit
About True Circuits DDR PHYs
The DDR 4/3 PHY is a high-performance, scalable system using a radically new
architecture that continuously and automatically adjusts each pin
individually, correcting skew within byte lanes. This state-of-the-art
tuning acts independently on each pin, data phase and chip select value.
Read data eye and gate timing are also continuously adjusted. Automatic
training is included for multi-cycle read gate timing and write leveling,
write data eye timing, and internal and external (on DRAM) Vref setting.
The PHY employs a localized and optimized PHY-to-memory controller interface
to ease timing closure. The circuitry in each pin is able to measure the
data eye and jitter, and calculate flight delays. The PHY also includes a
full speed read/write BIST, which tests the complete read and write paths of
every pin simultaneously with pseudo-random data.
Remarkable physical flexibility allows the PHY to adapt to each customer's
die floorplan and package constraints, and is delivered and verified as a
single unit for easy timing closure with no assembly required. The PHY is
also DFI 3.1 compliant, and when combined with a suitable DDR 4/3 memory
controller, a complete and fully-automatic DDR 4/3 system is realized.
The True Circuits DDR 4/3 PHY is initially available for customer delivery
in TSMC's 28nm HPC/HPC+ process. The PHY will be available in additional
TSMC and GLOBALFOUNDRIES processes in the very near future. Interested
customers can obtain more product information on the web at
www.truecircuits.com/ddr_phy.html or by
contacting True Circuits at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About True Circuits
True Circuits develops and markets a broad range of industry leading PLLs,
DLLs and DDR PHY 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
foundries, 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 19 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 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
Press Contact: Kimberly Toan, True Circuits, Inc., (650) 949-3400, Ext.
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