asicNorth announces immediate availability of its IoT Endpoint ASIC Platform

by Mike Slattery on October 24, 2017

Williston, VT October 24, 2017: asicNorth is pleased to announce immediate availability of its silicon proven platform to rapidly deploy IoT Endpoint ASICs – IoTa. Samples are available for prototype development.

IoTa is structured to be highly configurable enabling support for various radio protocols, ARM Cortex®-M0 compatible peripherals, analog/mixed-signal requirements, and external sensors. IoTa will enable customers the benefits of reduced development costs and faster time-to-market than traditional ASIC developments. Customers may quickly customize the design for their needs or use IoTa as is.

IoTa features IP and services from IoT Design EcoSystem partners – Silvaco, Silicon Creations, Faraday Technologies, UMC, and asicNorth. IoTa has the following capabilities:

  • ARM Cortex®-M0 32-bit microcontroller
  • 128 KB on-chip SRAM for program and data storage
  • Several options to interface off chip sensors – SPI, I2C, UART, and 16 general purpose IO
  • Three (3) 16-bit timers
  • JTAG debugging interface
  • Watchdog Timer
  • Wakeup Interrupt Controller
  • 12-bit DAC
  • 12-bit, 4 channel ADC
  • Fast start, ultra-low power IoT PLL
  • 1.8V crystal oscillator I/O cell

Initially targeting Smart City LPWAN applications, IoTa supports multiple radio standards through innovative system-in-package design. The integrated high precision analog / mixed-signal cores provide control and measurement for many sensor applications including I-to-V, C-to-V, L-to-V, and small signal sensing. By starting with proven silicon, asicNorth’s customers will be able to prototype their system and develop firmware immediately while ASIC customization proceeds in parallel, which will greatly accelerate their customer’s time-to-market.

IoTa will provide the next level of service to IoT Design EcoSystem customers,” comments Mike Slattery, asicNorth President. “With a hardware architecture proven in silicon, customers will be able to start prototype development, including firmware, immediately, significantly accelerating time-to-market.”

“This is a great example of the synergy created by the IoT Design EcoSystem,” says Warren Savage, General Manager of Silvaco’s IP division. “Our proven IP subsystems allow customers to quickly create fully functional products. We are quite pleased to partner with asicNorth and be a part of the launch of their innovative IoTa platform.”

 

About ASIC North:

ASIC North was founded in January 2000 with one purpose in mind; to deliver the highest quality design services possible. In an industry that can be quite volatile at times, it is important to have a design partner you can depend upon to deliver the VLSI designs you need when you need them. Today, asicNorth is enabling high-tech industry leaders and startups alike with a variety of digital, analog, mixed-signal, and RF designs. These capabilities, along with our focus on IP Design, Circuit Characterization; Supply Chain Management; and Turnkey Products allow us to support the needs of our clients at any point in the IC product development cycle. asicNorth is “Bringing Analog / Mixed-Signal to ASIC Design”. asicNorth is a LoRa Alliance member. To learn more about asicNorth, visit us at www.asicNorth.com.

About Faraday Technology:

Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading fabless ASIC / SoC and silicon IP (intellectual property) provider, ranking in top 50 fabless IC suppliers in the world and top 10 in Taiwan. Headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, Faraday has services and technical support offices around the world, including in US, Japan, Europe and China. Since established in 1993, Faraday has been acknowledged its expertise and capabilities with over thousands of successful designs in a wide range of application, covering consumer electronics, multimedia, display, communication, networking, and PC peripheral/storage, along with hundreds of million ASIC chips shipped annually worldwide. Faraday is one of the few leading ASIC / SoC vendors with a comprehensive self-developed IP portfolio. Accumulating thousands of valuable IPs, Faraday’s IPs are mostly silicon-proven, and includes cell library, memory compiler, processor cores, analog IP, peripheral IP, and complete interface IP solutions. These IPs help to greatly lower customers’ integration risk, IP licensing costs, and shorten the time-to-market. To learn more about Faraday Technology, visit us at http://www.faraday-tech.com/index.jsp

About Silicon Creations:

Silicon Creations provides world class silicon IP for precision and general purpose timing (PLLs), SerDes and high-speed differential IOs. We have a deep commitment to our customer’s success and to providing complete support. Our careful development procedures and strong QA result in robust and correct designs. And in our labs we comprehensively test all key blocks. As a result our IP has an excellent record of first silicon to mass production in over 300 chips for over 100 customers. Our IP is used in diverse applications including mobile phones, consumer devices, processors, network devices and medical devices and in technologies from 180nm to 7nm, and has earned “best-of” awards from TSMC and SMIC.

Silicon Creations was founded in 2006, is self-funded and is growing. We have development centers in Atlanta, USA and Krakow, Poland and world-wide sales representation. To learn more about Silicon Creations, visit us at http://www.siliconcr.com/

About Silvaco, Inc.:

Silvaco, Inc. is a leading EDA and IP provider of software tools used for process and device development and for analog/mixed-signal, power IC and memory design. Silvaco delivers a full TCAD-to-sign-off flow for vertical markets including: displays, power electronics, optical devices, radiation and soft error reliability and advanced CMOS process and IP development. For over 30 years, Silvaco has enabled its customers to bring superior products to market with reduced cost and in the shortest time. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has a global presence with offices located in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. https://www.silvaco.com/

About UMC:

UMC is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced technology and manufacturing for applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC’s robust foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage the company’s leading-edge processes, which include 28nm poly-SiON and gate-last High-K/Metal Gate technology, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through 10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i. Fab 12A consists of Phases 1-4 which are in production for customer products down to 28nm. Construction has been completed for Phases 5&6, with future plans for Phases 7&8. The company employs over 17,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. To learn more about UMC, visit us at http://www.umc.com/English/