LOS ALTOS, USA: 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."