PARIS Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), and TowerJazz have joined forces to meet analog/mixed signal customers' needs for high quality power management ICs.
The purpose of this collaboration is to develop Process Design Kits (PDKs) for power management device design. It is centered upon the combination of TowerJazz's advanced power management platform with Tanner EDA's specialized IC design tools.
Tanner EDA claimed that its HiPer Silicon Power Management Design Software enables designers to plan and administer power management schemes in the context of their complete design. HiPer Silicon includes features and functionality that address an A/MS designer's power management requirements such as consistent, cohesive user interface across the entire design flow.
About its power management platform, TowerJazz specified that it is a Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) power management platform with 0.5- to 0.18-micron CMOS density and a combination of bipolar NPN and PNP devices, as well as high voltage CMOS and DMOS FETs for use in complex power management chips including driver ICs, battery and portable power management, power control for PC products, Class-D audio amplifiers, and many other consumer, communications and computing applications.
The two partners said they expect their codeveloped PDKs for power management devices to be available in the first quarter of 2010.