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Atmel's ASIC libraries provide 5.5 million usable ASIC gates

Posted: 15 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:atc18rha? atmel? cmos? asic library? asic?

Atmel Corp. announced the release to production of a set of 0.18?m CMOS cell-based ASIC libraries providing up to 5.5 million usable ASIC gates, which, according to the company, is the highest level of integration currently available in the space market.

With a total dose capability of up to 300Krads and a latch-up threshold higher than 70MeV/cm?/mg, the ATC18RHA lets designers integrate smaller, lighter and higher performing chips into aerospace electronics, space vehicles or navigation systems applications, said the press release. The ATC18RHA is a standard cell library encompassing all the specific functions and buffers necessary for space designs. These include 655Mbps LVDS transmitters and receivers, PCI buffers, SEU hardened DFFs and cold sparing buffers. The ATC18RHA core operates with a 1.8V power supply and two different sets of I/O buffer cells allow for interfacing with a 3.3V or 1.8V logic, enabling designers to implement this new ASIC into any space design.

Atmel added that special attention was paid to validating the ATC18RHA front and back-end design tools. They let designers, at an early stage of physical synthesis, take into account the parasitic effects such as switching noise, cross-talk, antenna effects and RC delay simulation, which are inherent to highly-integrated technologies.

Available in a selection of ceramic hermetic QFP (up to 352 pins) and MCGA (up to 625 pins) packages, the ATC18RHA is offered with pre-defined die sizes and pad rings. This ATC18RHA series has been developed with the support of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

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