June 2-4, 2014, Moscone Convention Center, Booth #1707
True Circuits, Inc. (TCI), a leading provider of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) for the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries.
At the Design Automation Conference (DAC), True Circuits will showcase its new high performance DDR 4/3 PHY with state-of-the-art tuning and training, and remarkable physical flexibility to adapt to each customer’s die floorplan and package. The DDR 4/3 PHY has been developed using the powerful custom design automation tools that have made TCI’s line of high performance PLLs and DLLs a staple in the semiconductor industry for over 16 years. The availability of this revolutionary PHY means customers can now license a hard PHY with significant performance and features without all the implementation and timing closure hassles that are common with current DDR offerings.
True Circuits will also feature its complete line of standardized and silicon-proven general purpose, clock generator, deskew, and spread spectrum PLLs, and multi-slave and multi-phase DLLs that spans nearly all performance points, features and foundry processes typically requested by ASIC, FPGA and SoC designers. These high quality, low-jitter PLL and DLL hard macros are suited to a wide variety of interface standards and chip applications. They are pin-programmable, highly process tolerant and reusable. Of particular interest this year is the addition of the TSMC 16nm FF+ and UMC 28nm HPM and HLP processes to our growing portfolio of timing IP.
True Circuits will discuss these and a number of topics in the True Circuits booth #1710 that should be helpful to chip managers and designers, including new standards such as ONFI 4.0, IP selection, IP integration, IP reuse, jitter specifications and silicon testing.
Stephen Maneatis, True Circuits' CEO, John Maneatis, Ph.D., True Circuits' President and Brian Gardner, True Circuits' V.P. of Business Development, will also make presentations about True Circuits and our new DDR PHY IP in the ChipEstimate.com booth #1533 each day of the conference.
True Circuits will host or co-host a number of parties at DAC again this year, including a cocktail hour at the ChipEstimate.com booth on Monday evening, the Heart of Technology (HOT) IP Party at Slims on Monday night and the Stars of IP Party at Local Edition on Tuesday night. Come join us and celebrate all that is good about IP!
When and Where
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA
True Circuits Booth #1707
Monday - Wednesday, June 2-4, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
ChipEstimate.com Booth #1533
Monday, June 2, 11:30 AM
Monday, June 2, 5:30 PM (True Circuits hosted cocktail hour)
Tuesday, June 3, 3:00 PM
Wednesday, June 4, 10:30 AM
About True Circuits DDR 4/3 PHY
The True Circuits DDR 4/3 PHY is a high-performance, scalable system using a radically new architecture that continuously and automatically adjusts each pin individually, correcting skew within byte lanes. This state-of-the-art tuning acts independently on each pin, data phase and chip select value. Read data eye and gate timing are also continuously adjusted. Automatic training is included for multi-cycle read gate timing and write leveling, write data eye timing, and internal and external (on DRAM) Vref setting.
The PHY employs a localized, clock deskewed PHY-to-memory controller interface to ease timing closure. The circuitry in each pin is able to measure the data eye and jitter, and calculate flight delays. The PHY also includes a full speed read/write BIST, which tests the complete read and write paths of every pin simultaneously with pseudo-random data.
Remarkable physical flexibility allows the PHY to adapt to each customer’s die floorplan and package constraints, and is delivered and verified as a single hard macro for easy timing closure with no assembly required. The PHY is also DFI 3.1 compliant, and when combined with a suitable DDR 4/3 memory controller, a complete and fully-automatic DDR 4/3 system is realized.
The True Circuits DDR 4/3 PHY is initially available for customer delivery in TSMC’s 28nm HPM process. The PHY will be available in additional TSMC and GlobalFoundries processes in the very near future. Interested customers can obtain more product information on the web at www.truecircuits.com/ddr_phy.html or by contacting True Circuits at Email Contact.
About True Circuits PLLs and DLLs
True Circuits offers a complete family of standardized and silicon-proven general purpose, clock generator, deskew, and spread spectrum PLLs and DDR DLLs that spans nearly all performance points and features typically requested by ASIC, FPGA and SoC designers. These high quality, low-jitter PLL and DLL hard macros are suited to a wide variety of interface standards and chip applications. They are pin-programmable, highly process tolerant and reusable. They are also easy to integrate and are fully supported, so customers can reduce both design and silicon risks.
True Circuits PLLs are available in a range of frequencies, multiplication factors (1-4096), sizes and functions over which they deliver optimal performance, avoiding the cost and complexity of licensing multiple point-solution PLLs from foundries or other vendors. TCI's DLLs are available in mutli-slave and multi-phase versions and delay a set of signals by precise and adjustable fractions of a reference clock cycle independent of voltage and temperature, are ideal for high-speed DDR interface applications and are available in different sizes and form factors. Customized PLL and DLL solutions are also available for specialized chip applications.
True Circuits PLLs and DLLs are available for immediate customer delivery in TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC and Common Platform processes from 180nm to 16nm. For more information about True Circuits timing IP products, visit www.truecircuits.com/tci_technology.html and www.truecircuits.com/product_matrix.html.
About True Circuits
True Circuits develops and markets a broad range of industry leading PLL, DLL and DDR PHY hard macros for ICs for the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries. TCI's robust state-of-the-art circuits, methodical and proven design strategy, and close association with the world's leading fabs, IDMs, and design services companies allow the company to quickly and reliably create new and innovative designs in a variety of advanced process technologies. Over the last 16 years, True Circuits has distinguished itself as the technology leader in the timing IP space, and its PLLs and DLLs are used extensively around the world in its customers' products with production volumes in the billions.
True Circuits is headquartered at 4300 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Los Altos, California 94022 and can be found on the web at
Product inquiries can be made by calling the company directly at (650) 949-3400 or via e-mail at Email Contact.
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Acronyms and definitions:
ASIC Application Specific IC
DDR Double Data Rate
DLL Delay-Locked Loop
FPGA Field Programmable Gate Array
IC Integrated Circuit
IP Intellectual Property
PLL Phase-Locked Loop
PHY Physical Interface
SoC System on a Chip