IC Builder visualises ASIC designs

At next month’s Sensor + Test 2018, Swindon will launch its on-line IC Builder

IC Builder allows designers to visualise what an ASIC may look like for an application and to informally discuss with Swindon what they need their ASIC to do. In most designs, a new single IC device will be taking the place of a variety of standard components normally mounted together on one or more PCBs. Functions will normally include processing, memory, digital and analogue conversion, sensing, filtering, communication, protection, and power management.

Click by click, IC Builder allows the user to progressively add the functions required for their intelligent sensing application and the capability to see what the resulting package could look like.

Designers can add processors including Arm Cortex and Intel 8051 processors, a choice of memory types (flash, EEPROM), ADCs, DACs, low and band-pass filtering, sensors including photodiode and temperature, frequency generators, RF and a choice of communication protocols. Designers can choose from several actuation device types including full bridge, gated drivers as well as low and high side drivers.

Power management by DC/DC converters or voltage regulators can be selected together with the type of protection required such as EMC and surge and reverse polarity. Finally, users can choose the operating voltage level for the device.

Once all the functions needed have been added, a single click will let the user see the package and its dimensions needed for a specific application.

Swindon Silicon Systems designs and manufactures ASICs and MEMS for automotive tyre pressure monitoring systems. The company supplies to more than half of the market. It is also a key supplier of single package devices to the medical and industrial sectors. The company’s devices can be found in hearing aids, sensor interfaces including proximity and positional, rotary and linear encoders and touch screen displays.

Members of the Swindon Silicon Systems team will be on hand at Sensor + Test to highlight the advantages of single package devices for existing and emerging markets and provide an insight into the company’s full turnkey semiconductor service.

Sensor + Test 2018  (26 to 28 June 2018)

Visit Swindon Silicon Systems at Stand 5-334


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