LOS ALTOS, California, January 24, 2011 -- True Circuits, Inc. (TCI), a
leading provider of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) for
the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries announced today that
ARM is using clock generator PLL designs from TCI in a test chip for the
ARM® Cortex™-A9 microprocessor core to validate it in TSMC's 40nm general
purpose process technology. ARM will use these high-performance, silicon
proven PLL hard macros to provide the reliable, high frequency and
low-jitter clocks required for these advanced, scalable and high
functionality applications processors.
"Over the last nine years, ARM has used a variety of high performance PLLs
from True Circuits in test and development systems to showcase the
performance and flexibility of our flagship processor products," said Peter
Hutton, VP Technology & Systems, Processor Division, ARM. "We have now
extended the list of processors to include the ARM Cortex-A family of
applications processors, including the scalable Cortex-A9 hard core in
TSMC¹s 40nm G process. TCI's wide range, low-jitter PLLs enable us to
demonstrate the speed and functionality of ARM cores and enable our silicon
and software partners to optimize and accelerate their own development on
advanced Cortex-A platforms."
"TCI is proud of our long standing IP partnership with ARM and we are
pleased that ARM is using our PLLs for their flagship Cortex-A9 processor
development in advanced process technologies", said Stephen Maneatis, Chief
Executive Officer of True Circuits. "Over the past thirteen years, TCI has
established itself as the technology leader in timing IP development and our
high performance, feature rich PLLs provide real differentiation for ARM7™,
ARM9™, ARM11™ and Cortex-A processor implementations. By collaborating with
ARM early in their development cycles, our mutual customers can have great
confidence in the silicon realization of these cores. We are looking
forward to supporting ARM and its Connected Community with silicon proven
PLLs for Cortex-A hard and soft core SoC solutions that offer high
performance, low risk and faster time to market."
About True Circuits PLLs and DLLs
True Circuits offers a complete family of standardized and silicon-proven
general purpose, clock generator, deskew, low bandwidth 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
For more information about True Circuits IP products, visit
Price and Availability
True Circuits PLLs and DLLs are available for immediate customer delivery in
TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC and Common Platform processes from 180nm to 28nm.
Customers can license its timing IP either directly from TCI or through its
global network of design services partners and sales reps. The hard macros
are available for a per use license fee and no royalty fees. The license
fee includes integration support from TCI or its partners to ensure a
successful customer tape out. The deliverables include GDSII and LVS Spice
netlists, behavioral and synthesis models, Library Exchange Format (LEF)
files and extensive user documentation.
About True Circuits
True Circuits develops and markets a broad range of industry leading PLLs,
DLLs and other mixed-signal 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 13 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 now 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
www.truecircuits.com. Product inquiries can
be made by calling the company directly at (650) 949-3400 or via e-mail at
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