Internet of Things
ViaASICs – Configurable Mixed Signal Integration
“Sensor as a Service” Solutions
© Triad Semiconductor ...
www.triadsemi.com 2
2009
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IoT – Simplified View
A bit too simplified view of the Internet of Things
Sensor
Sensor
Sensor Sensor
...
www.triadsemi.com 4
The Sensor-aaS Signal Chain
Sensor
Analog
Front 
End
Local 
CPU
Bluetooth
Smart
Web 
Server
www.triadsemi.com 5
The Internet, The Cloud
• <blank> as a Service
Regardless of who invented it, the Net is well establis...
www.triadsemi.com 6
Is that a Web Server in your pocket?
• Why yes, yes it is
You are carrying around in your pocket more ...
www.triadsemi.com 7
Smartphones for Nano Satellites
www.triadsemi.com 8
The Sensor-aaS Signal Chain
Sensor
Analog
Front 
End
Local 
CPU
Bluetooth
Smart
Web 
Server
www.triadsemi.com 9
What You Wish You Had
Sensor
Web 
Server
Custom 
Sensor 
Interface
Bluetooth 
Smart
Micro
My custom
“S...
www.triadsemi.com 10
What You Actually Have
www.triadsemi.com 11
What You Actually Have
www.triadsemi.com 12
Integrated Circuit Drivers
• Lower Cost
• Reduce Size, Weight, Power
• Protect IP
• Improve Reliabili...
www.triadsemi.com 13
ASIC Adoption Barriers
Expensive development 
and fabrication
Long development, 
fabrication & respin...
www.triadsemi.com 14
Triad’s ViaASIC - a better ASIC
Inexpensive development 
and fabrication
Fast development
Low risk: s...
www.triadsemi.com 15
Triad’s ViaASIC versus ASIC
Feature Traditional
ASIC
Triad 
ViaASIC
ViaASIC 
Savings
Development 
Cos...
www.triadsemi.com 16
VCA Technology
Silicon‐Proven analog & digital IP 
implemented in reusable tiles
Tiles arrayed and ov...
www.triadsemi.com 17
VCA‐12
VCA Analog Tile Example
17
Resource Value
Single‐ended Op‐Amp 1
Output stage 1
0.1pF MIM Caps ...
www.triadsemi.com 18
VCA Family
AMS 0.35uAMS 0.35u
VCA‐1
VCA‐4
VCA‐7 
(Mocha‐1)
AMS 0.35u
High Voltage
AMS 0.35u
High Volt...
www.triadsemi.com 19
MochaBlue™
Configurable Sensor-as-a-Service Chip
Sensor
Web 
Server
Configurable Analog
Bluetooth 
Sm...
www.triadsemi.com 20
Wireless Pulse Oximetry Circuit
on MochaBlue
Analog 
Front End
AHB 
Interface
ARM
Cortex‐M0
AHBAHB
AP...
www.triadsemi.com 21
TSX1001 “Mocha” Evaluation Board
• TSX1001 example mixed signal design 
implemented on the Mocha‐1 VC...
www.triadsemi.com 22
TSX1001 Software Development Environment
• Easy to use, Keil RealView IDE
• PC‐Based USB / Single Wir...
www.triadsemi.com 23
TSX1001+BLE Evaluation System
• Based on EM Micro 
EM9301 BLE Radio
• Complete Cortex‐M0 
BLE Radio S...
www.triadsemi.com 24
Mixed signal chip design software for everyone!
• Schematic capture
• HDL design entry (Verilog & VHD...
www.triadsemi.com 25
Getting Started
• Visit www.ViaDesigner.com
• Register & Download ViaDesigner
• Show us Your Design…
...
www.triadsemi.com 26
Low Cost Mixed Signal ASIC Design
© Triad Semiconductor, 2012
27
Intuitive and powerful schematic capture
www.triadsemi.com 28
Hierarchical Schematic Browser
• Hierarchical 
browsing
• Supports 
multiple 
views
– Schematic
– HDL...
www.triadsemi.com 29
Syntax-Aware HDL Editor
www.triadsemi.com 30
Wizards Simplify and Speed-up Design
1
2
3
4
5
Step Tasks
Place un‐configured integrator 
symbol & la...
www.triadsemi.com 31
Op Amp Wizard
General Purpose
Low Power
Micro Power
Low Offset
General Purpose
Low Power
General Purp...
www.triadsemi.com 32
Filter Wizard: 
Implementation Style
• Continuous Time
• Discrete Time (switched capacitor)
Filter Ty...
www.triadsemi.com 33
ViaDesigner Roadmap
Q2‐2012 Release 2012.2 Release
 Resistor
 Capacitor
 Switch
 Analog Logic
 O...
www.triadsemi.com 34
Simulation Model Control
Simulation
Speed
Model 
Fidelity
Model 
Level
Fidelity / Speed
0 Ideal+
1
2 ...
www.triadsemi.com 35
Powerful Waveform Display & Analysis
Waveform 
Measurements
Waveform Calculator 
(Generator)
Save & C...
www.triadsemi.com 36
ViaASIC™ Design Using ViaDesigner™
2013
High‐Level ViaASIC 
Modeling & Simulation
Platform Fitting
Sc...
Low Cost Mixed Signal ASIC Design
© Triad Semiconductor, 2012
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MochaBlue™
Internet‐of‐Things
Sensor Processor
MochaBlue™...
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Hype wave - Internet of Things (IoT) is IT right now...
The IoT is all about things being connected. Well, last time I check the Internet part of IoT was pretty well established (thank you Al Gore). And Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE or Bluetooth Low Energy) has made the 'of' part of IoT pretty ubiquitous. I refer to the 'of' in IoT as the connecting of sensors (things) to the Internet. With the 'I' and the 'o' of IoT well in hand, this presentation shows you how to integrate sensors, actuators and all the electronics of THINGS (the 'T' of IoT) into small and affordable semi-custom ASICs called ViaASICs from Triad Semiconductor. Watch the presentation and learn how to make mixed-signal application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for a fraction of the cost and time you would have though possible. Stealing thunder here but the presentation will show you how to design and fabricate a ViaASIC from Triad Semiconductor for less than $10,000 and get it done in 3-5 months...

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  1. 1. Internet of Things ViaASICs – Configurable Mixed Signal Integration “Sensor as a Service” Solutions © Triad Semiconductor 2013
  2. 2. www.triadsemi.com 2 2009
  3. 3. www.triadsemi.com 3 IoT – Simplified View A bit too simplified view of the Internet of Things Sensor Sensor Sensor Sensor Sensor Sensor
  4. 4. www.triadsemi.com 4 The Sensor-aaS Signal Chain Sensor Analog Front  End Local  CPU Bluetooth Smart Web  Server
  5. 5. www.triadsemi.com 5 The Internet, The Cloud • <blank> as a Service Regardless of who invented it, the Net is well established, robust, & everywhere. The Internet part of IoT isn’t the problem.
  6. 6. www.triadsemi.com 6 Is that a Web Server in your pocket? • Why yes, yes it is You are carrying around in your pocket more computing power than was required to put a  man on the moon.
  7. 7. www.triadsemi.com 7 Smartphones for Nano Satellites
  8. 8. www.triadsemi.com 8 The Sensor-aaS Signal Chain Sensor Analog Front  End Local  CPU Bluetooth Smart Web  Server
  9. 9. www.triadsemi.com 9 What You Wish You Had Sensor Web  Server Custom  Sensor  Interface Bluetooth  Smart Micro My custom “Sensor as a Service” Chip
  10. 10. www.triadsemi.com 10 What You Actually Have
  11. 11. www.triadsemi.com 11 What You Actually Have
  12. 12. www.triadsemi.com 12 Integrated Circuit Drivers • Lower Cost • Reduce Size, Weight, Power • Protect IP • Improve Reliability • Improve Manufacturability ASIC Application Specific Integrated Circuit These are all the excellent reasons why people look to  integrate their electronics into a custom integrated circuit
  13. 13. www.triadsemi.com 13 ASIC Adoption Barriers Expensive development  and fabrication Long development,  fabrication & respin time Risky (schedule, cost,  multiple respins) Big production volume  commitment Desired ASIC Benefits Lower Cost Size, Weight, Power Protect IP Reliability Manufacturability Traditional ASICs are too  expensive, time consuming  & risky for all but highly  funded high‐volume designs
  14. 14. www.triadsemi.com 14 Triad’s ViaASIC - a better ASIC Inexpensive development  and fabrication Fast development Low risk: silicon‐proven,  easy to make changes Any production volume Desired ASIC Benefits Lower Cost Size, Weight, Power Protect IP Reliability Manufacturability ViaASICs provide all the  benefits of mixed signal  ASICs without the  headaches 
  15. 15. www.triadsemi.com 15 Triad’s ViaASIC versus ASIC Feature Traditional ASIC Triad  ViaASIC ViaASIC  Savings Development  Cost $1,000,000+ $300,000 to  $10,000 70% to  99% Development  Time 14 to 18  months 3‐6 months >60% Risk  (re‐spin time) 3 months 4 weeks 66%
  16. 16. www.triadsemi.com 16 VCA Technology Silicon‐Proven analog & digital IP  implemented in reusable tiles Tiles arrayed and overlaid with a patented  global routing fabric Mixed‐signal aware place & route tool  places vias in the routing fabric to  interconnect all resources Single (Via‐Only™) mask layer sent to the  foundry to be processed against staged VCA  wafers resulting in customized ViaASIC 1 2 3 4
  17. 17. www.triadsemi.com 17 VCA‐12 VCA Analog Tile Example 17 Resource Value Single‐ended Op‐Amp 1 Output stage 1 0.1pF MIM Caps 32 Remainder MIM Caps 28 Switches (SW01) 20 Resistors 37 NMOS Transistors 7 PMOS Transistors 7 Switches (SW02) 6 Analog Logic (AL01) 24 Analog Logic (AL02) 8 VCA‐12 contains 8 of these single‐ ended op‐amp analog tiles VCA‐12 5V  Single‐Ended  Op‐Amp Tile
  18. 18. www.triadsemi.com 18 VCA Family AMS 0.35uAMS 0.35u VCA‐1 VCA‐4 VCA‐7  (Mocha‐1) AMS 0.35u High Voltage AMS 0.35u High Voltage VCA‐2 VCA‐9 VCA‐10 VCA‐11 IBM 0.18uIBM 0.18u VCA‐3 VCA‐5 VCA‐6 VCA‐8 VCA‐17 TowerJazz 0.18u High Voltage TowerJazz 0.18u High Voltage VCA‐12 VCA‐15 VCA‐16 MagnaChip  0.18u MagnaChip  0.18u VCA‐13 VCA‐14
  19. 19. www.triadsemi.com 19 MochaBlue™ Configurable Sensor-as-a-Service Chip Sensor Web  Server Configurable Analog Bluetooth  Smart ARM Cortex‐M0 Configurable Digital ViaASIC
  20. 20. www.triadsemi.com 20 Wireless Pulse Oximetry Circuit on MochaBlue Analog  Front End AHB  Interface ARM Cortex‐M0 AHBAHB APBAPB RAM NVM SPI  Master Bluetooth Smart Radio Debug Sensor Power Manager
  21. 21. www.triadsemi.com 21 TSX1001 “Mocha” Evaluation Board • TSX1001 example mixed signal design  implemented on the Mocha‐1 VCA • ARM Cortex‐M0 Processor • 32KB EEPROM Program Memory • 24KB Data RAM • NVIC, Watchdog, WIC, Serial Wire Debug • Flexible Clocking • 16‐bit Sigma‐Delta ADC • 12‐bit DAC • Precision Bandgap & V‐Ref • Uncommitted op‐amps for prototyping • 320x240 graphical display with touchscreen • Prototyping area • USB Powered
  22. 22. www.triadsemi.com 22 TSX1001 Software Development Environment • Easy to use, Keil RealView IDE • PC‐Based USB / Single Wire Debug  I/F – Software development – Programming – Debugging – Simulation – Profiling • CMSIS compliant drivers
  23. 23. www.triadsemi.com 23 TSX1001+BLE Evaluation System • Based on EM Micro  EM9301 BLE Radio • Complete Cortex‐M0  BLE Radio Stack • Software & Hardware  Co‐Development • Sensor Interface  Prototyping
  24. 24. www.triadsemi.com 24 Mixed signal chip design software for everyone! • Schematic capture • HDL design entry (Verilog & VHDL) • VHDL‐AMS & SPICE modeling built‐in • Combined SPICE, VHDL‐AMS, Verilog, VHDL  simulation environment • Powerful, easy to use design wizards • Analysis tools: area estimate, power, sim corners designerdesigner
  25. 25. www.triadsemi.com 25 Getting Started • Visit www.ViaDesigner.com • Register & Download ViaDesigner • Show us Your Design… • Reid Wender • rwender@triadsemi.com • 865‐684‐5106 • @viadesigner ‐ twitter
  26. 26. www.triadsemi.com 26
  27. 27. Low Cost Mixed Signal ASIC Design © Triad Semiconductor, 2012 27 Intuitive and powerful schematic capture
  28. 28. www.triadsemi.com 28 Hierarchical Schematic Browser • Hierarchical  browsing • Supports  multiple  views – Schematic – HDL Push down HDL View
  29. 29. www.triadsemi.com 29 Syntax-Aware HDL Editor
  30. 30. www.triadsemi.com 30 Wizards Simplify and Speed-up Design 1 2 3 4 5 Step Tasks Place un‐configured integrator  symbol & launch wizard Set design parameters See how parameters affect transfer function, size, … Wizard generates detailed circuit structure & models ViaDesigner schematic with a  configured integrator 1 2 3 4 5
  31. 31. www.triadsemi.com 31 Op Amp Wizard General Purpose Low Power Micro Power Low Offset General Purpose Low Power General Purpose Low Power Single Ended Wideband OTA Micro Power Fully Differential Micro Power Prog Gain Amp TIA Instrumentation Amp Prog InAmp
  32. 32. www.triadsemi.com 32 Filter Wizard:  Implementation Style • Continuous Time • Discrete Time (switched capacitor) Filter Type • Low pass, High pass • Band pass, Band stop • Corner frequency • Filter order Filter Approximation • Butterworth • Bessel • Chebyshev I, II • Elliptical Filter Wizard
  33. 33. www.triadsemi.com 33 ViaDesigner Roadmap Q2‐2012 Release 2012.2 Release  Resistor  Capacitor  Switch  Analog Logic  Op‐Amp  Comparator  Integrator  Filter  SAR ADC  Sigma Delta  Modulator  DAC  IO Pad  Band Gap, Bias  Power On Reset • High Voltage Wizards • Regulators • H‐Bridge • Clock Generation • PLL • Multi‐finger FET cell • ADC Extensions • Differentiator • Peak Detector • Sample &Hold • Prog Gain Amplifier • Instrumentation Amp • I‐V Converter • DAC Extension • SPI, I2C • UART • Microcontroller • Adder/Multiplier/DSP • Fully Differential  Options • Log Amp Fidelity vs Speed Controls   (global & local options) Spec Builder, Constraint  Generator, Platform Fitter,  Analog DFT, IC Packager,…
  34. 34. www.triadsemi.com 34 Simulation Model Control Simulation Speed Model  Fidelity Model  Level Fidelity / Speed 0 Ideal+ 1 2 Process, Voltage, Temp 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SPICE BSIM‐III FidelitySpeed
  35. 35. www.triadsemi.com 35 Powerful Waveform Display & Analysis Waveform  Measurements Waveform Calculator  (Generator) Save & Compare  Results
  36. 36. www.triadsemi.com 36 ViaASIC™ Design Using ViaDesigner™ 2013 High‐Level ViaASIC  Modeling & Simulation Platform Fitting Scan & ATPG Constraints & Package ViaPath™ Place & Route Static Timing Analysis Final QC ViaASIC Fabrication,  Assembly & Test Here’s what you do  in ViaDesigner Here’s what Triad  does after you  submit your  ViaASIC order ViaASIC Triad support  throughout the  ViaDesigner process
  37. 37. Low Cost Mixed Signal ASIC Design © Triad Semiconductor, 2012 37 MochaBlue™ Internet‐of‐Things Sensor Processor MochaBlue™ Internet‐of‐Things Sensor Processor

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