Monday, January 16, 2017
Microsemi Corporation - High Performance Devices
Zarlink and Actel are now part of Microsemi. Actel have designed SoCs and FPGAs based on flash and antifuse technologies.
Microsemi's SmartFusion2 Starter Kit
The SmartFusion2 starter kit supports industry-standard interfaces including Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C and UART and includes a comprehensive breadboard to support unique design requirements.
"SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs, which integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM...."
They also provide High-performance IP Cores for other designers and chip developers.
One Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 USA
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Rambus - IP Provider - Semiconductors
"Beginning with edge-lit back lighting, Rambus has pioneered light guide-based design solutions for a broad range of LED lighting applications, enabling a new level of styling, efficiency and control of light."
LED lighting technology
Rambus' lighting solutions enable manufacturers to use fewer or lower-cost LEDs in their general lighting products while delivering superior light quality and output.
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Nordic Semiconductor - Wireless Microchip
ANT is a proven, ultra low power, flexible and easy-to-use network protocol for 2.4GHz ISM band communication. ANT provides multivendor interoperability via the ANT+ managed network and the member companies of the open ANT+ Alliance.
Useful for ultra low power wireless sensor network applications including wireless sensors and hubs.
ANT - Single chip ICs/solutions
ANT is perfectly suited for any kind of low data rate sensor network topologies in personal area networks (PANs) and practical wireless sensor networks
"Nordic Semiconductor has released a matchbox-sized, low cost, battery-powered eval kit for its latest nRF51 Series of SoCs that allows engineers to perform real-world environmental testing of ANT+, Bluetooth low energy (including Bluetooth Smart), and proprietary 2.4GHz ultra low power wireless sensors and accessories 'in the field'"
Nordic Semiconductor ASA
Otto Nielsens veg 12 Trondheim, 7052 Norway
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
OpenCores design and publish core designs
- Develop standards for open source cores and platforms
- Create tools and methods for development of open source cores and platforms
- Develop open source cores and platforms
- Provide documentation for these cores and platforms
UART to / from fiber optic
This core is well tested. They is two versions: -Fixed baudrate (0 to 2.5Mbit/s) - a full set of 2 transmitter and 2 receiver fit in a single XC9572XL CPLD -variable baudrate 50Mhz/n*p where n between 20 to 100 fiber optic baudrate and p>=1 baudrate divider.
- Ethernet MAC 10/100 Mbps
- USB 1.1 Host and Function IP core
- OpenRISC 1000
- CAN Protocol Controller
- I2S Interface
- SPDIF Interface
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Xilinx - Programmable SoC and FPGA
Developer and fabless manufacturer of a class of reconfigurable hardware chips known as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). It was founded by Ross Freeman (FPGA inventor), Bernie Vonderschmitt (fabless pioneer), and Jim Barnett in 1984 and was based in Silicon Valley.
Product Line include Programmable FPGA, 3D IC, SoC, CPLD and Configuration Memory solutions. Embedded Processing, DSP and Connectivity Solutions. An extensive catalog of base-level cores is available to address the general needs of all designers.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC ZC702 Evaluation Kit
The Evaluation Kit includes all the basic components of hardware, design tools, IP, and pre-verified reference designs including a targeted design, enabling a complete embedded processing platform. The included pre-verified reference designs and industry-standard FPGA Mezzanine Connectors (FMC) allow scaling and customization with daughter cards.
Friday, March 06, 2015
Products include FPGAs, CPLDs, Power Management and Clock Management Devices.
Lattice Semiconductor - FPGA CPLD
The ispMACH 4000ZE CPLD family is ideal for ultra low-power, high-volume portable applications.
Standby current as low as 10µA (typical) 1.8V core; Operational down to 1.6V VCC. Easy System Integration, Flexible multi-volt I/O.
5V tolerant I/O for LVCMOS 3.3, LVTTL, and PCI interfaces. JTAG In-System Programmable (ISPTM), On-chip user oscillator and timer,
ispMACH 4000ZE Evaluation Board
ispMACH_4000ZE ispMACH 4000ZE Family
5555 NE Moore Ct, Hillsboro, OR 97124, USA
Monday, February 16, 2015
Applied Micro Circuits - Multicore Processors
They have Single Core Processor types like APM80186- Lanai and Multi-Core the APM86791- Keelback. A Cloud Computing X-gene Server class ARM 64-bit processor. Many Connectivity Products for Ethernet, Optical, SDH/SONET etc.
X-C1 Development Kit Basic
The APM X-C1 is a low-cost EVK prototype development and evaluation board with an Applied Micro APM883208 SoC, providing all the industry standard interfaces required by a server or embedded developer, in a compact and low-power platform.
X-C1 is based on the APM883208 SoC, the industries first ARM64 SoC with 8 ARM-V8 APM superscalar cores running up to 1.6GHz, and 2 DDR3 memory channels, with 2x4GB DDR3 UDIMM prepopulated.
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation
215 Moffett Park Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Friday, July 18, 2014
ASIX - Electronic Design Service
They have a wide range of experience in electronics - programmable logic devices (Xilinx FPGAs and CPLDs), microcontrollers (PIC, AVR, ARM, ...), analog and digital electronics...etc.
They also manufacture some tools and instruments that are useful for R&D using Embedded Systems. These are like Programmers, Debugging Tools and USB Products.
Even their Discontinued products are very interesting...
PVK40 a feature-rich development board for 40-pin PIC
The board includes all the circuitry necessary for an in-depth study of most of the microcontroller on-chip peripherals and for experimenting with several external peripherals. This board will help you to become an expert in PIC MCU programming.
Staropramenna 4 150 00 Prague Czech Republic
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Altera - FPGA CPLD Structured ASIC
Altera develops many features that are geared towards system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) capability. Some of the more recent examples include embedded memory, embedded processors, and high-speed transceivers.
MAX 10 FPGAs are built on TSMC’s 55 nm embedded NOR flash technology, enabling instant-on functionality. Integrated features include analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and dual configuration flash allowing you to store and dynamically switch between two images on a single chip.
Analog blocks—Integrated analog blocks with ADCs and temperature sensor provide lower latency and reduced board space with more flexible sample-sequencing.
DSP blocks—As the first non-volatile FPGA with DSP, MAX 10 FPGAs are ideal for high-performance, high-precision applications using integrated 18x18 multipliers.
Altera 10M08 Evaluation kit provides easy access to the FPGA's I/O and ADC block and interfaces to potentiometer, LEDs, push-buttons, switches and several different connectors for expansion.
101 Innovation Drive San Jose, CA 95134, USA
Updated May 2015
Friday, July 26, 2013
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
Thursday, July 11, 2013
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."
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 capabilities....at 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...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
"Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC Programmable System-on-Chip, USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories......"
The CY8CKIT-001 PSoC Development Kit (DVK) provides a common development platform where you can prototype and evaluate different solutions using any one of the PSoC 1, PSoC 3, or PSoC 5 architectures.
This kit gives you a practical understanding of PSoC technology. In addition, the kit includes several example projects with step-by-step instructions to enable you to easily get started developing PSoC solutions.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
IC Adapters, Test Clips, Sockets and IC Testing Accessories for QFP, BGA, PGA, PBGA, SOIC, TSOP.
Emulation Technology Inc. (ET) develops and markets specialized solutions that close the interconnect gap between electronic design, test equipment and digital hardware designs.
Emulation Technology was founded in 1983 to produce and market time-saving very large-scale integration (VLSI) and surface mount technology (SMT) adapters and accessories for engineers involved in hardware and software product development, design and test, and electronic systems manufacturing.
The ET MicroClip is specially designed for providing new or additional test points on Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). The engineer trying to debug an existing system will find this as an indispensable tool for probing and viewing signals on a logic analyzer, oscilloscope, meter or other instrument for almost any location on the PCB with a mounted passive device.
Emulation Technology, Inc
759 Flynn Road, Camarillo, CA 93012, USA
Friday, August 24, 2012
Avago Technologies Semiconductors
Avago Technologies brings together the capabilities and track record of an established global leader with the "energy and responsiveness of a startup. We spent our first three decades as part of HP, ......"
- Color Management & Sensors
- Motion Control Solutions
- Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
- Infrared Transceivers
- Fiber Optics
"Optical isolation amplifiers designed specifically for voltage sensing. Its 2V input range and high 1GΩ input impedance, makes it well suited for isolated voltage sensing requirements in electronic power converters applications including motor drives and renewable energy systems.."
Plessey Semiconductors - CMOS IC Solutions
Highlights of Services
- In-house development team
- RF, Mixed Signal and High Performance Analogue
- Full custom / Semi-custom IC design service
- Process design Kits (PDK) Development and Support
- Characterization, Modelling and ESD
EPIC Sensor technology
A innovative sensor technology that measures changes in an electric field in a similar way to a magnetometer detecting changes in a magnetic field. The EPIC sensor, which requires no physical or resistive contact to make measurements.....
Plessey Semiconductors Ltd
Plymouth Tamerton Road, Roborough, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom PL6 7BQ.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tensilica - Processor and DSP cores for SOC
Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) - Performance intensive DSP and embedded RISC processing functions.
Some Products Include -
- HiFi Audio processor - the industry's most popular audio core processor with over 50 software packages for portable electronics and home theaters.
- VDO Video processor - optimized for SD video with software for H.264 and other popular video standards
Xtensa LX4 - Customizable Dataplane Cores Tailored for High-Performance DSP with Flexible I/Os
General Information -
DSP could be used in Audio, Video, 3D, Photos and Communications related functions. RISC Processor used in networking, embedded control, encryption, speedy computing.
Also see - Linux on Xtensa
Thursday, May 24, 2012
CAST - IP Cores and Platforms
Electronic system designers use these popular and standards-based IP cores and platforms instead of designing their own.
- Configurable: R8051XC
- Hi-Speed USB (2.0)
- smart card reader
- ARM 7 TDMI bus
- C8254 programmable
Talos Series Evaluation Kits for Microcontroller and Processor IP Cores The Talos Series of integrated hardware/software kits include everything you need to quickly and easily evaluate our microcontroller and processor cores in your own environment.
11 Stonewall Court Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677, USA.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
ASIC and SoC for networking, communication and connectivity applications. ASIX was founded in May 1995 in Hsinchu Science Park.
- Embedded Networking Solution: Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
- Bus Connecting Solution: USB 1.1, USB 2.0
- Integrated SoC Solution
The AX11025, Single Chip Microcontroller with TCP/IP and 10/100M Fast Ethernet MAC/PHY, is a System-on-Chip (SoC) solution which offers a high performance embedded micro controller and rich communication peripherals for wide varieties of application which need access to the LAN or Internet.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Marvell Technology Group - Semiconductor Design
Products include system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices using its IP base of analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing and also embedded RISC-ARM solutions. They have chips for Ethernet, Cellular-Mobil, Tablets and Portable Electronic Devices.
"Marvell's Sheeva CPU technology is embedded in system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that go into many of the most widely used smartphones, set-top boxes, disk drives, routers and switches..compliant with the ARM instruction set"
ARMADA family of application processors
Marvell's CPUs deliver higher performance and lower power dissipation while providing full software compatibility to all ARM-based applications. ARAMADA is suitable for many applications such as netbooks, smartphones, and intelligent connected displays.
What is a Plugcomputer ?
A plug computer is a tiny, low power server, intended to provide network-based services within the home. It is an always-on system, and can serve data and applications to computing devices within the home. It can also be a bridge between home computing devices and Internet-based services.
The GUI Plug SD card allows SheevaPlug to boot into Debian Squeeze with Gnome Desktop installed and ready to connect your mimo monitor, 4Gb and 8Gb SD cards with GUI Plug preinstalled are available. Connection to the home network is via Gigabit Ethernet, and offers desktop class performance. - From
Marvell Technology Group
5488 Marvell Ln, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Mindspeed Technologies - Communications Semiconductors
They have semiconductor solutions in VoIP, Ethernet, IP Processing, Fiber-Optic Components, Carrier Ethernet Products, SONET/SDH/PDH Components, xDSL Components.
Comcerto 2000 and Software Defined Networking
Processors for the next-generation of networks. Combining powerful dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processors with OPAL software defined networking acceleration and a powerful suite of peripherals.
"Through intelligent offloading, the Comcerto 2000 range supports wire rate Gigabit-per-second IPv6 NAT and firewall applications without utilizing the ARM Cortex processors keeping them fully available to run value-added applications from OEMs or service providers."
M02040 - 2.1 Gbps, 3.3 or 5V Post-Amplifier
Integrated high-gain limiting amplifier. Operates with a 3.3V or 3.3V/5V supply. Two analog RSSI outputs proportional to either the average or peak-to-peak input signal and a programmable signal-level detector allowing the user to set thresholds at which the logic outputs are enabled.
- 2 mV input sensitivity at 1.25 Gbps
- PECL outputs, Low power (< 80 mW at 3.3V)
- Average Receive power monitor output (RSSI AVG)
- Peak-to-peak Receive power monitor output (RSSI PP)
- On-chip DC offset cancellation circuit
4000 MacArthur Boulevard East Tower, Newport Beach, CA 92660, United States. - Mindspeed Map