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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

MIPS Technologies - Semiconductor design IP

MIPS creates industry-standard processor architectures and embedded semiconductor cores that are the heart of many Electronic Gadgets and Equipment or Appliance.

The MIPS architecture was developed decades ago by Stanford University engineering Professor John Hennessy. It is an remarkable example of RISC processing.

"On 8 February 2013[5] MIPS Technologies, Inc. was acquired by Imagination Technologies"

"Imagination Technologies Group plc  a British-based semiconductor R&D company"

MIPS Technologies - Semiconductor design IP - Wayback Machine Snapshot

Processors, analog IP and software tools for the embedded market. Applications in digital television, broadband access, WiFi, cable set-top boxes, DVD recorders, HD DVDs, and VoIP.
  • RF and Wireless Connectivity IP Solutions
  • Connectivity IP Solutions
  • FPGAView Software
The MIPS SEAD -3

The MIPS SEAD -3 System engineering and development board is designed to provide a low-cost means to support various CPU cores allowing the user to evaluate the cores in an FPGA environment.

SEAD-3 also provides a user the ability to utilize the on board Xilinx FPGA for their own custom programming when a MIPS® FM-3 module is added to house the CPU core. When the FM-3 is added the user can then additionally stack on a MIPS® FPGA 5b board that can house up to two additional Xilinx XC5VLX330s providing extra design capacity.

MIPS Technologies, Inc.
955 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, United States

Updated 4th June 2014

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM Testbed

Peter Jan Lüthi from  Switzerland has to his credit this Ph.D. Thesis - VLSI Circuits for MIMO Preprocessing.This is related to design, implementation and demonstration of suitable algorithms for MIMO wireless communication.

Real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM Testbed

"The latest mobile applications and the growing number of wireless users are increasing the demand for high-throughput wireless access solutions. Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology combined with orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) constitute today's most promising approach to exploit the limited radio frequency resources in a highly efficient way. "

Real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM Testbed

Fully operational SQRD-based MIMO preprocessing with two dual-core MMSE-SQRD ASICs in the real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM testbed. One MMSE-SQRD ASIC is visible in front, the second ASIC is located underneath the two RF boards.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Microsemi Corporation - High Performance Devices

Products  Microsemi Designs and Manufactures include high-performance, radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; etc.

Microsemi Corporation - High Performance Devices

Zarlink and Actel are now part of  Microsemi. Actel have designed  SoCs and FPGAs based on flash and antifuse technologies.

Microsemi SmartFusion2 Starter Kit

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 Starter Kit

The SmartFusion2 starter kit supports industry-standard interfaces including Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C and UART and includes a comprehensive breadboard to support unique design requirements.

"SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs, which integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM...."

They also provide High-performance IP Cores for other designers and chip developers.

Microsemi Corporation
One Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 USA

Friday, August 17, 2012

Protect your Design or IP

If you have made an electronic product with a new circuit or code and need to protect it, then these are some Methods. If your Intellectual Property is an Idea, A Hardware Innovation or Software Application; It may need some protection other than patents. Sometimes patents are used for general applications and generic designs. Patent only an Original Idea or Innovation or an Exclusive and Unique Method.

Microcomputer Circuits in Process Control.

Protect your Design or IP

If you are small and the innovation very big, tie up with established companies with reputed brands. If you are a source for a certain product component or module, make certain restriction on patenting products made from it. Else, your Module or Application Sales may be jammed by Panic Patents.

That is the reason, the Platform that fosters innovation is Open Source.

1. Security Bit -

Use for digital logic area, an atmel uC with security bit protection or any uC-uP with internal memory read protected with security bit. the firmware should be kept in tight control from both external people and your employees and must be on a non-networked and non-internet machine.

2. Hermetically seal -

This is a crude and ancient way, delete the chip part numbers and pot it in a plastic can with ciba araldite epoxy with alumina filler, this way product may not be copied and it will be immune to vibration and corrosive environment. but heat dissipation and serviceability is affected, so make a epoxy potted module of only some part of the circuit.

3. Make ASIC or FPGA -

ASIC is only for volume production and is copy protected, if you design in-house and the chip maker you order is trustworthy, then this is ok, for small volume production use FPGA, CPLD, DSP uC or uP with read protection as practical.

Embedded Systems - More about uC based designs are here.

4. Go open source -

Design a circuit and put it on the internet to share, let the community use it and improve it, here also revenue is made by service of product, custom design and customer support and this will work long term free of tensions. This way has proved to foster greater innovation and stable technologies.

(my dairy log 2002, Amps-n-Volts June 2005, Now logged here - delabs)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ShortLink - Design of Portable Wireless Systems

Product and System, design and development company. They offer design and engineering service in Silicon-ASIC design, Electronic product design and T&M products too.

ShortLink - Design of Portable Wireless Systems

They specialize in the field of low-power portable electronics and wireless systems.
ShortLink - Design of Portable Wireless Systems

ASIC design

Analog, digital ASIC design, Mixed Signal ASIC and RF-ASIC. The last two being areas of expertise. Ready-made IP blocks for analog, digital and RF applications are also available. They are a Fabless ASIC supplier.

Test and Measurement Service

Radio, EMC and environmental durability testing. Audio and acoustics, analysis and characterization of antennas. They offer radio testing up to 18 GHz.
Services Include
  • Radio and EMC testing
  • Assistance in CE marking
  • Antenna measurements
  • Environmental durability testing - temperature, salt, moisture and vibrations
  • Measurement and testing - audio and acoustics
Address - ShortLink AB, Stortorget 2, SE-661 42 Säffle, Sweden

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

RF ASIC MAXIM Semiconductor

Maxim's ASICs enable you to "lock up" or Protect a circuit-design intellectual property (IP). These can be used for creating solutions for Cellular, Handheld, Satellite Datacommunications, GPS, etc.

Maxim chips have a wide range of uses, especially in easily resolving Complex Analog and Mixed Design Requirements.

RF and Wireless ASICs - Maxim

"A two-stage 1.9GHz monolithic low-noise amplifier (LNA) with a measured noise figure of 2.3dB and an associated gain of 15dB was fabricated in a standard silicon bipolar transistor array. It dissipates 5.2mW from a 3V supply including the bias circuitry. Input return loss and isolation are -9dB and -20dB, respectively."

Schematic of the two-stage LNA

QuickChip Design Example 2 - Low Power Silicon BJT LNA for 1.9GHz

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

ASIC - Application-Specific Integrated Circuits

This resource about ASICs is the pages that went into the "ASICs... the book". When you get to Mass Production or want to pack a lot of electronics into a small size, an ASIC is inevitable. It improves reliability and consistency in the manufactured gadgets. It is a justified process, when a device is needed in large numbers. For smaller numbers use Flash Programmable Embedded Devices.

ASIC - Application-Specific Integrated Circuits

by Michael John Sebastian Smith - Addison-Wesley Publishing Company - VLSI Design Series

ASIC - Application-Specific Integrated Circuits

"ICs are made on a thin (a few hundred microns thick), circular silicon wafer , with each wafer holding hundreds of die (sometimes people use dies or dice for the plural of die). The transistors and wiring are made from many layers (usually between 10 and 15 distinct layers) built on top of one another. Each successive mask layer has a pattern that is defined using a mask similar to a glass photographic slide. The first half-dozen or so layers define the transistors. The last half-dozen or so layers define the metal wires between the transistors (the interconnect )."

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Electric VLSI Design System EDA

Custom IC layout, Schematic Capture, Languages such as VHDL and Verilog. An Open-source Electronic Design Automation, EDA.

Electric VLSI Design System EDA

Electric EDA of Static Free Software written by Steven M. Rubin

"Electric has many analysis tools, including design-rule checking, simulation, and network comparison. Electric has many synthesis tools, including routing, compaction, silicon compilation, PLA generation, and compensation."

From Hyper Embedded - Microcontroller ASIC and EDA

Electric is a sophisticated electrical CAD system gnu

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Avago Technologies Semiconductors

Analog, Mixed-signal and Optoelectronic Components and Subsystems

Avago Technologies Semiconductors 
 
Avago Technologies brings together the capabilities and track record of an established global leader with the "energy and responsiveness of a startup. We spent our first three decades as part of HP, ......"
Precision Optically Isolated Voltage Sensor
  • Color Management & Sensors
  • ASICs
  • Motion Control Solutions
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • Infrared Transceivers
  • Fiber Optics
Precision Optically Isolated Voltage Sensor

"Optical isolation amplifiers designed specifically for voltage sensing. Its 2V input range and high 1GΩ input impedance, makes it well suited for isolated voltage sensing requirements in electronic power converters applications including motor drives and renewable energy systems.."

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

FPGA and Structured ASIC Journal

FPGA and Structured ASIC Journal

The latest news, articles, and technical papers on FPGA and programmable logic tools, technology, trends, and techniques.

See also - Embedded Technology Journal

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

AnSem - IC Design House

"Based in Leuven, Belgium, AnSem is a fabless IC design house founded in 1998 specializing in the development of the most advanced analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for RF CMOS, high-speed data communication, data acquisition and ultra low-power & low-voltage applications..."

AnSem - Analog and Mixed-signal ASIC Design

Some advanced ASICs and IPs of Ansem for:

  • RF CMOS
  • High-speed data communication
  • Ultra low-power & low-voltage applications

Programmable Multi-standard home networking AFE

> Programmable Multi-standard home networking AFE

Highlights of design

12-bit High Speed DAC and ADC featuring up/down sampling FIR filter.

High linear, low-noise VGA including offset calibration and programmable filtering.

Synthesizer with 3.2GHz VCO and CML dividers to generate low-jitter clocks from 50Msps to 400Msps.