Triad Semiconductor Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, prototypes, and manufactures mixed-signal application-specific integrated circuits based on via configurable array technology. It serves aerospace applications, such as secure radios, man-packs, unmanned aerial vehicles, avionics, satellites, munitions systems, and vehicle health monitoring systems, as well as industrial, medical, automotive, and power management markets. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
3900 Westpoint Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Founded in 2002
Triad Semiconductor Inc. Signs Distribution Agreement with Avnet Electronics Marketing
Sep 19 12
Triad Semiconductor Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with the business operating group of Avnet Inc. Avnet Electronics Marketing will distribute the Triad Semi's semiconductor chips, called mixed-signal ASICs, which are developed, prototyped and produced with a technology called Via Configurable Array.
Triad Semiconductor Inc. to Demonstrate Low Cost Mixed Signal ASIC Design Solution in Booth #701 at DesignEast in Boston September 18-19
Sep 18 12
Triad Semiconductor Inc. will be demonstrating a new low cost mixed signal semi-custom ASIC design environment at DesignEast called ViaDesigner™. The DesignEast Conference will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston Massachusetts with the expo floor open on September 18 and September 19th. The ViaDesigner electronic design automation (EDA) software is a Windows®-PC design environment that enables systems engineers to design their own semi-custom application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) without in depth IC design know-how. The ViaDesigner software is a complete mixed signal design and simulation environment that includes schematic capture, VHDL, Verilog, and VHDL-AMS design entry and mixed-mode simulation. The design and analysis process is simplified and accelerated through the use of wizards that help the engineer to create sophisticated analog and mixed-signal functions without getting bogged down in low-level, full-custom IC layout details. The current list of wizards available in ViaDesigner include: operational amplifier, integrator, filter, analog to digital converter, digital to analog converter, sigma delta modulator, resistor, capacitor, analog multiplexer, analog switches, voltage reference, configurable I/O pads, power on reset, and a comparator wizard. In a traditional full-custom ASIC development, the creation of a sigma delta modulator is a tedious and lengthy task of manually sizing full-custom devices and laying them out by hand. In ViaDesigner, the user places a sigma delta modulator wizard symbol on the schematic, launches the configuration wizard, picks the order of the modulator and clocking details, and ViaDesigner automatically generates the modulator and corresponding VHDL-AMS model for simulation. Traditional ASICs are just too expensive, time consuming and risky for consideration in all but the volume projects these days. Triad provides a unique and patented semi-custom ASIC called a ViaASIC. These ViaASICs contain silicon-proven analog and digital resources that are overlaid with a patented global routing fabric. Triad’s mixed-signal-aware place and route tool, ViaPath™, places vias in this routing fabric to configure and interconnect resources to implement a customer’s circuit. Only this single via mask layer is sent to the foundry for processing against staged wafers. Triad’s ViaASIC approach radically reduces development costs (up to 80%), reduces develop times from 18 months down to 3-5 months, and provides for major risk mitigation compared to a traditional ASIC development. And, since Triad’s development costs are so much lower than the old fashioned way of making ASICs Triad does not need the customer to commit to large production volumes. In fact, ViaASICs are attractive solutions for volumes from thousands to millions. Design teams seeking to improve end product cost, size, weight, power, manufacturability, and reliability are good candidates for ViaASIC integration.