LONDON Ė Chipus Microelectronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuits, has said it has integrated a set of analog circuits with the ZR16, a proprietary Brazilian microcontroller.
The ZR16 is a joint development between Chipus (Florianopolis, Brazil) and Santa Maria Design House SA (Santa Maria, Brazil). The microcontroller includes A-to-D conversion, an internal oscillator and EEPROM and RAM memories.
"The chip targets control, automation, lighting, and appliances applications, with a processor characterized by its simplified architecture and reduced number of instructions," said Roberto Pacheco, SMDH manager, in a statement issued by Chipus. The integrated circuit prototype is due to be tested in December and will also be subject to field tests in the products of Exatron (www.exatron.com.br), a company based on the state of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil.
Besides the testchip, a full set of software supporting tools such as a compiler, a programmer and a simulator are being developed to allow Brazilian electronic companies to use the microcontroller as soon as its production starts.
The microcontroller intellectual property belongs to Chipus, SMDH and C&P, and the integrated circuit itself will be commercialized by a third party or, in another business model, the circuit blocks will be licensed to other design houses as cores to be integrated in their chips, Chipus said.
"In this so-far successful joint development, SMDH provided the digital front-end synthesis, verifications and back-end implementation, while we contributed with the analog IPs and the whole chip integration in X-Fab's 0.35-micron technology," said Murilo Pessatti, CEO of Chipus.
Chipus Microelectronics, founded in 2008, specializes in data converters, analog front-end and power management solutions for fabless semiconductor companies and chip integrators. SMDH also began activities in 2008.
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