Continuing their tradition of innovation in the design of ultra-low power programmable solutions, the folks at QuickLogic have announced their next-generation customer specific standard product (CSSP) platform – PolarPro II.
This latest addition to the PolarPro family of platforms offers a compact, optimized I/O structure, increased responsiveness for its Very Low Power (VLP) mode, and greater embedded SRAM configurability, along with other additional features to reduce PCB space and system Bill-Of-Materials (BOM) costs.
The PolarPro II family is specifically designed to meet the connectivity, intelligence, security, and system logic requirements of portable and mobile applications. It offers a wide range of I/O interfaces for the mobile market. Coupled with a library of proven system blocks for its configurable fabric, PolarPro II addresses critical connectivity, control, and intelligence needs in mobile device design, delivering solutions based on the end user's specific requirements.
The new family builds on the existing PolarPro platform, offering a more compact architecture that allows for higher levels of integration in a single device. The folks at Quicklogic say that it is the ideal silicon platform for delivering customer- or market-specific combinations of their proven system blocks for storage, wired/wireless communication, video/imaging, security, and other custom functions.
PolarPro II also enables higher design flexibility. The I/O section, for instance, now offers 8 independently-powered banks to simplify integration into multi-voltage systems, eliminating the need for costly level-shifting circuitry.
PolarPro II also offers a more advanced power management scheme. The core voltage can now scale as low as 1.5V to reduce dynamic power consumption. The platform also offers a VLP mode that freezes device operation, during which the static current drops to less than 5 µA. Entry and exit from the VLP mode are as fast as 10 microseconds, allowing system developers to conserve energy by shutting down the device in between bursts of activity.
The first platform in the PolarPro II family will begin sampling in April 2008, with other family members to follow. Device capacity will range to as many as 27 Customizable Building Blocks (CBBs). The first platform will be available in a package size as small as 5x5 mm (TFBGA) for reduced board space and cost; it will also be available in known good die configurations. For more information, visit the QuickLogic website at www.quicklogic.com.