Winston-Salem, N.C. - The new Triad Mocha family of ARM-powered VCAs (via-configurable arrays) from Triad Semiconductor Inc. combine the ARM Cortex-M0 processor with Triad's analog, digital and memory building blocks on an array that can be configured by changing a single via layer.
The new family extends the VCA benefits of system cost savings, rapid time to market, significantly reduced risk and support for any production volume to applications that require 32-bit performance in an 8/16-bit footprint with ultra-low power consumption. The combination of the lowest power 32-bit processor with analog and digital functions in a structure that can be implemented by changing a single via layer will speed the adoption of the technology across a broad range of applications.
Triad chose the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor for integration into Triad's Mocha family architecture because it occupies only 12 k gates, including an integrated timer and interrupt controller, making it ideal for meeting the needs of an analog world.
This architecture contains a rich set configurable analog functions, including: op-amps, comparators, active filters, switched capacitor filters, ADCs, DACs, voltage regulators and capacitive sensor interfaces. These analog resources are tightly coupled with configurable digital logic, plus RAM and non-volatile memory.
Combining the Cortex-M0 core with these configurable analog and digital building blocks makes the Mocha family well-suited for a wide range of single-chip mixed-signal system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for medical, industrial, sensor and military/aerospace applications.
The different members of the Mocha VCA family will provide exactly the analog, digital and processor capacities needed by specific applications, allowing designers to create optimum custom single-chip solutions. Mocha-based ASICs are targeted for intelligent sensors, automatic meter readers, consumer peripherals, power management, precision analog applications, battery-powered products and portable medical devices.
Triad's VCA technology combines silicon-proven analog, digital, memory and microprocessor resources on a single ASIC die. These resources are overlaid with a global routing fabric. Unique to Triad's approach, all of the resources on a VCA are configured by placing vias within the global routing fabric.
Vias are placed on the VCA using Triad's analog-aware, via-only automatic place-and-route software, which configures and interconnects the entire VCA without the need for full-custom manual layout. This approach shortens time to prototypes and time to market, reduces development and tooling costs, and accelerates the design process by enabling the reuse of proven mixed-signal IP blocks.
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