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IDT eases control of complex clocking sol'ns with timing platform

Posted: 10 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Integrated Device Technology? Timing Commander? software platform? timing device?

Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT) has introduced a software platform that the company said allows system design engineers to configure, program and monitor sophisticated timing devices with an intuitive and flexible graphical user interface (GUI). The Timing Commander empowers customers to expedite development cycles and optimise the configuration of IDT's industry-leading clocking solutions, noted the firm.

IDT's Timing Commander is a Windows-based platform aimed to serve user-friendly configuration interfaces, known as personalities, for various IDT products and product families. With a few simple clicks, the user is presented with a comprehensive, interactive block diagram offering the ability to modify desired input values, output values and other configuration settings, IDT stated. The software automatically makes calculations, reports status monitors and prepares register settings without the need to reference a datasheet. The tool also automatically loads the configuration settings over USB to an IDT evaluation board for immediate application in the circuit. Once the device has been configured and tuned for optimal system performance, the configuration file can be saved for factory-level programming prior to shipment.

The Timing Commander software allows users to zoom in and out of a device's block diagram, and to click on various blocks to learn more about their functions and toggle key parameters. Hovering over input fields provides detailed information about the field without the need to reference the datasheet, while a fractional input syntax avoids issues with infinite decimals. Additional functionality includes the ability to protect input fields once they've been set, and directly view and modify register settings individually or collectively as desired for ultimate flexibility. Device-dependent advanced features include the ability to generate phase noise plots, generate the schematic symbol and termination circuit, and calculate estimated power consumption.

IDT's Timing Commander and related product personality files may be downloaded online at Once downloaded, the software can function offline without an internet connection, making it ideal for lab environments where network connectivity may be restricted.

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