asicNorth enhances IoT Design EcoSystem with IoT Endpoint ASIC Platform

by Mike Slattery on April 27, 2017

Williston, VT April 24, 2017:  Building on the momentum of their IoT Design EcoSystem, asicNorth announced today the debut of an IoT Endpoint ASIC Platform to further accelerate the deployment of custom IoT endpoint devices for their customers.  The IoT Endpoint ASIC Platform is structured to be highly configurable enabling support for various radio protocols, ARM Cortex®-M0 compatible peripherals, analog/mixed-signal requirements, and external sensors.  The IoT Endpoint ASIC Platform will enable their customers the benefits of reduced development costs and faster time-to-market than traditional ASIC developments.

Initially targeting Low Energy Bluetooth and Smart City LPWAN applications, the IoT Endpoint ASIC Platform 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.

The IoT Device Platform ASIC features IP and services from IoT Design EcoSystem partners – SOC Solutions, Silicon Creations, Faraday Technologies, UMC, and asicNorth. The IoT Device ASIC Platform will feature the following capabilities:

  • asicNorth’s high resolution 12-bit DAC and ADC analog/mixed-signal cores
  • SoC Solutions’ proven ARM Cortex®-M0 series subsystem design optimized for low power
  • Silicon Creations’ fast start, ultra-low power IoT PLL block
  • Faraday Technologies’ 1.8V crystal oscillator I/O cell
  • UMC’s world class advanced semiconductor technology

“asicNorth is excited to accelerate IoT endpoint device developments with this new platform,” comments Mike Slattery, asicNorth President. “Our goal is to have a highly customizable platform to allow our customers to differentiate their products from typical off the shelf SoC products.” 

“We are very pleased to contribute our AMBA Subsystem to the IoT Endpoint device”, says Jim Bruister, President of SoC Solutions. “This shows how efficiently this proactive ecosystem works in producing IoT products. A great model to service the market”.

IoT DevCon 2017 Exhibiting Announcement

asicNorth will be showcasing the latest developments of the IoT Design EcoSystem at the IoT DevCon April 26th and 27th, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA.  asicNorth will be presenting “Custom SoC Design for IoT” in the “Living on the Edge” conference track at 10:55am on the 27th.  The 2017 IoT DevCon will focus on technologies ranging from IoT device design to gateway deployment and from software optimization strategies to security solutions as well as applying deep-learning techniques to monitor and manage the enormous loads of device-generated data. Core topics will include:

  • Designing ultra-low power IoT nodes
  • Exploring connectivity protocols and industry standards
  • Building hubs to harness the data explosion
  • Utilizing software development environments for M2M applications
  • Understanding and managing security-related issues, taking the IoT into the cloud
  • Making money with the Internet of Things
  • How IoT technology will affect business and product development
  • The future of what IoT will bring

Come visit us at booth #G5.

 

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”.  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 SoC Solutions:

SoC Solutions was founded in March, 2000 and is a privately held company in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.  Our focus is to enable the next generation of IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (Machine to Machine) silicon devices by supplying our IP Subsystems and following them with world class services to successfully build innovative “connected” products.  Our experienced ASIC and Embedded Software designers have a rich history of designing SOCs with embedded microprocessors which are crucial to building small connected smart chips.

Our pre-configured IP Subsystems have been used successfully in numerous ASICs, SOCs, FPGAs and Structured ASIC designs, many of which have been in production for years. We have supplied IP to major OEMs and Semiconductor companies alike. Our well established comprehensive development flows help us quickly produce high quality products that will jumpstart any SOC design effort,  Our processes include extensive verification at both system-level and stand-alone IP core level.   We have a complete commitment to our customer success which has built solid partnerships and repeat customers and has resulted in an excellent record of product success.  To learn more about SoC Solutions, visit us at https://socsolutions.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/