NANTES, France -- Temic Semiconductors here is working with Siemens AG's Information and Communication Networks Group to convert field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to Temic's Ultimate Logic Conversion (ULC) devices.
Siemens will use Temic Semiconductors' conversion service whenever cost or performance advantages can be achieved in the development or optimization programs, Temic said today.
Because the ULC does not require programming resources or any extra features in the FPGA/CPLD (complex programmable logic device) that are not used in the specific design, the die size of a ULC is smaller than the die size of the targeted programmable devices. Temic said that it can support devices that use significant RAM resources in 0.50-, 0.35-, and soon-to-come 0.25-micron technology, as well as devices supplied at 3.3 volts with 5-V tolerant I/O's, and devices with the fastest speeds.
"ULCs close the gap between FPGAs/CPLDs and ASICs and contribute to significant cost reduction and reduce the application power consumption," said Johann Haslinger, vice president of the Development Processor Systems at Siemens Information and Communication Networks Group. Siemens ICN is a $75 billion electrical engineering and electronic systems business. "The conversion does not require extensive development resources and provides an easy and reliable solution to optimize our applications in a timely manner," Haslinger said.
With its automatic ULC flow, Temic Semiconductors can tackle conversions of the latest FPGA and CPLD devices or ASICs running in lower volumes and will continue to offer cost reductions to customers when production costs are the key issue, according to Frederic Chevreton, vice president of the Microcontrollers and Digital Products Group at Temic Semiconductors.