Friday, July 26, 2013

Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

Meridian CDC is the fastest, highest capacity and most precise CDC solution in the market. It performs comprehensive structural and functional analysis to ensure that signals crossing asynchronous clock domains on ASIC, or FPGA devices are received reliably.

Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

Meridian CDC is the only integrated solution in the industry that combines automatic CDC intent analysis and metastabilityaware formal analysis. Meridian CDC’s superior technology allows designers to use all of these strategies to guarantee complete CDC correctness.

Real Intent’s EDA software Helps accelerate early functional verification and advanced sign-off of integrated circuit designs. Solutions include comprehensive CDC verification and advanced RTL analysis.

Real Intent, Inc.
990 Almanor Avenue, Suite 220 Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Sunday, July 21, 2013

NICHIA - Semiconductors and Materials

"Japanese chemical engineering and manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokushima, Japan"
Specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of phosphors, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), battery materials and calcium chloride.

NICHIA - Semiconductors and Materials

Products include Ultraviolet LEDs (UV-LEDs), Light Emitting Diode (InGaN LED), LASER DIODEs and Compound Semiconductor Materials. Fine Chemicals and Special Materials for electronic component manufacture.
Nichia 219 white LED
"Nichia 219 white LED offers typical 140 lumen output at 1 W input power with 5,000 K color temperature. Using a uniformly phosphor coated chip, Nichia 219 has the industry leading source brightness and tightest optical footprint. The spatial color uniformity is also optimized with Nichia's leading phosphor technology. At 350 mA drive current, the typical forward voltage is only 3.0 V. Additionally, this package is capable of drive currents up to 1.5 A."

Light Emitting Diode - InGan LED NICHIA

Shuji Nakamura's invention of the first high brightness blue-light LED, which was based on gallium nitride lead to the LED Lighting Phenomena.

Monday, July 15, 2013

IAR Systems - Embedded Systems Tools

Software tools for embedded systems, Like C/C++ compilers and debuggers, State machine tools, RTOS, TCP/IP and USB stacks; for 8, 16, and 32-bit microcontrollers. Helps in developing professional products in the areas of industrial automation, medical devices and automotive products.

IAR Systems - Embedded Systems Tools

IAR Systems provides completely integrated kits for development of embedded applications based on ARM, 8051, ColdFire, R8C/M16C/M32C and AVR32.

IAR Systems AB
Strandbodgatan 1 Uppsala Sweden

Thursday, July 11, 2013

System-on-Chip - SoC - IP

When a product has to be made small, the board real estate is limited or it has to be manufactured in large numbers.... SoC is the Answer. A Microprocessor evolved into a Microcontroller by packing many external chips into one chip. Now uC Card along with the other blocks like A-D, Port Drivers, Networking elements, Display Driver and other peripherals can be packed into one chip.

Some Power Supply and RF blocks cannot be easily added inside as they have a silicon processing more specific to their applications. Laser trimmed Instrumentation Op-Amps, high accuracy resistor arrays, high value capacitors, magnetics and supporting chips are placed outside on the PCB.

The SOC can pack Digital Chips, Memory, A/D, D/A converters, uC, RAM and Custom programmable areas. For more specialized communications, analog and power requirements; Special SoC types can tackle RF and Power management within a chip because of proprietary silicon processing expertise.

System on a chip - Wiki

"A system on a chip or system on chip (SoC or SOC) is an integrated circuit (IC) that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single chip. It may contain digital, analog, mixed-signal, and often radio-frequency functions—all on a single chip substrate. A typical application is in the area of embedded systems."
System-on-Chip - SoC - IP

Programmable SoC offers an alternative to custom ASIC as you can make different products from the same chip, yet make products that are portable and low power. The software, pcb, user interface and support components has to be redesigned for every unique product. Many standard IPs are available for Design and Reuse.

Some of the early Philips (nxp) 8031 variations had integrated a lot of outer chips like A/D, D/A display driver etc. This made Programmable Industrial Instruments/Gadgets possible with just a few external components. Now many variations are available from chip manufacturers, with more speed, memory and peripherals inside. Futuristic gadgets may be intelligent, interactive, networked and portable. The SoC chip makes it all possible, by integrating all product functions within it except the user interface.

SoC with a Color LCD driver, Wi-Fi, USB, RAM and Flash last you have a Computer in a Chip. Better still Web-Chip.

Stratix IV FPGAs: Think AND, not OR

With 40 nm Stratix IV FPGAs you can reach new levels of system-on-a-chip (SoC) integration. Building on the advanced, proven Stratix III architecture, Stratix IV FPGAs deliver a high-density, feature-rich and high-performance core fabric. Combined with flexible I/Os, high-bandwidth transceivers, and memory interfaces,

Atmel AT91RM9200 is ARM920T-based

It has 16K-byte instruction and 16K-byte data cache memories, 16K bytes SRAM, 128K bytes ROM, External Bus Interface incl. SDRAM, Burst Flash and Static Memory Controllers, USB Device and Host Interfaces, Ethernet 10/100 BaseT MAC, Power Management Controller and much more...

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