June 14, 2017

True Circuits Attends Design Automation Conference
Showcases State-of-the-art Ultra PLL, Low Power IoT PLL and Revolutionary DDR 4/3 PHY

June 19-21, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Booth #1327

Who
True Circuits, Inc. (TCI), a leading provider of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) for the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries.

What
At the Design Automation Conference (DAC), True Circuits will showcase its low power IoT PLL hard macros that are specifically tailored to the stringent power requirements and wide frequency operation range of the rapidly-growing IoT market. Sipping only 45uW at 30MHz and running from core power, the "IoT PLL" is designed for very low power. With multiplication factors up to 8192, the PLL is able to run off of a small and inexpensive 32KHz crystal and still clock a 32-bit CPU at up to 250MHz. The IoT PLL is ideal for applications like wearables and senor devices, where the power-performance profile must be managed tightly, and possibly over a very wide frequency range.

True Circuits will also showcase its high-performance Ultra PLL hard macros that are well suited for the most demanding chip applications, including high-speed SerDes and ADC input clocks. The state-of-the-art Ultra PLL is designed as an ultra low jitter, extremely wide range clock multiplier with precise fractional frequency control and optional spread spectrum capability, giving chip designers the ultimate in performance, features and ease of use.

True Circuits will further showcase its revolutionary DDR 4/3 PHY with state-of-the-art tuning and training, and remarkable physical flexibility to adapt to each customer's die floorplan and package. The DDR 4/3 PHY has been developed using the powerful custom design automation tools that have made TCI's line of high performance PLLs and DLLs a staple in the semiconductor industry for over 18 years. The availability of this revolutionary PHY means customers can now license a PHY with significant performance and features without all the implementation and timing closure hassles that are common with current DDR offerings.

True Circuits will also feature its complete line of standardized and silicon-proven general purpose, clock generator, deskew, and spread spectrum PLLs, and multi-slave and multi-phase DLLs that spans nearly all performance points, features and foundry processes typically requested by ASIC, FPGA and SoC designers. These high quality, low-jitter PLL and DLL hard macros are suited to a wide variety of interface standards and chip applications. They are pin-programmable, highly process tolerant, reusable and available for delivery in TSMC, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and UMC processes from 180nm to 7nm.

True Circuits will discuss a number of topics that should be helpful to chip managers and designers, including IP selection, IP integration, IP reuse, jitter specifications and silicon testing.

John Maneatis, Ph.D., True Circuits' President, will make an IP/Design Track presentation in Ballroom G on Wednesday at 10:30 AM. John's presentation is titled "The Secret to Building IP at the Cutting Edge". At 7nm and beyond, the cost and time to develop IP is very high. To gain a suitable return, it's critical to have an efficient design methodology that produces a portfolio of attractive solutions in many process variants, metal stacks, Vt selections, and even completely different foundries. TCI employs a range of fascinating techniques, from building robust circuits, to using proprietary extensions of CAD tools to creating designs and deliverables from one, universal database. In his presentation, John will explain the engineering behind a highly automated CAD flow that enables TCI to maximize IP consistency, quality and reuse.

John Maneatis and Brian Gardner, True Circuits' V.P. of Business Development, will also make presentations about True Circuits and our complete timing IP product portfolio in the ChipEstimate.com booth #347 each day of the conference.

True Circuits will co-host two parties at DAC again this year, including the HOT Party at Speakeasy on Monday night and the Stars of IP Party at Speakeasy on Tuesday night. Come join us and celebrate all that is good with IP!

When and Where
Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

True Circuits Booth #1327
Monday - Wednesday, June 19-21, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

DAC IP/Design Track Presentation, Ballroom G
Title: The Secret to Building IP at the Cutting Edge
Presenter: John G. Maneatis, Ph.D.
Wednesday, June 21, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

ChipEstimate.com Booth #347
Monday, June 19, 4:00 PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2:30 PM
Wednesday, June 21, 11:00 AM

Contacts
For more information about True Circuits' PLLs, DLLs and DDR PHYs, please visit www.truecircuits.com.

For more information about the Design Automation Conference, please visit www.dac.com.

About True Circuits IoT PLLs
The IoT PLL is designed for very low power, sipping only 45uW at 30MHz and running from core power. It has a wide frequency range with multiplication factors up to 8192, allowing the PLL to run off of a small and inexpensive 32KHz crystal and still clock a 32-bit CPU at up to 250MHz. It is ideal for IoT applications like wearables and senor devices, where the power-performance profile must be managed tightly, and possibly over a very wide frequency range.

About True Circuits Ultra PLLs
The Ultra PLL employs a new state-of-the-art architecture and uses high-speed digital and analog circuits to achieve exceptional performance, with many useful features. It has ultra low jitter (<500fs) for the most demanding SerDes and ADC input clocks. It has ultra wide frequency range with multiplication factors from 3 to over 250,000, supporting reference clocks as low as 32KHz. It also has precise frequency control with a least 26 fractional bits (at least 10 precise) for extremely high fractional-N resolution. It can even generate precise and adjustable frequency spreading with programmable rate and depth to meet tight FCC requirements. The Ultra PLL packs all these features into a compact size that draws low power and, with full pin programmability, one PLL can be used for all applications on a SoC.

About True Circuits PLLs and DLLs
In addition to the IoT and Ultra PLLs, True Circuits offers a complete family of standardized and silicon-proven general purpose, clock generator, deskew, and spread spectrum PLLs and DDR DLLs that spans nearly all performance points and features typically requested by ASIC, FPGA and SoC designers. These high quality, low-jitter PLL and DLL hard macros are suited to a wide variety of interface standards and chip applications. They are pin-programmable, highly process tolerant and reusable. They are also easy to integrate and are fully supported, so customers can reduce both design and silicon risks.

True Circuits PLLs support a wide range of frequencies, multiplication factors and functions over which they deliver optimal performance, avoiding the cost and complexity of licensing multiple point-solution PLLs from foundries or other vendors. TCI's DLLs are available in mutli-slave and multi-phase versions and different sizes and form factors. They delay a set of signals by precise and adjustable fractions of a reference clock cycle independent of voltage and temperature and are ideal for high-speed DDR and ONFI interface applications. Customized PLL and DLL solutions are also available for specialized chip applications.

True Circuits PLLs and DLLs are available for immediate customer delivery in TSMC, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and UMC processes from 180nm to 7nm. For more information about True Circuits IP products, visit www.truecircuits.com/tci_technology.html and www.truecircuits.com/product_matrix.html.

About True Circuits DDR PHYs
The DDR 4/3 PHY is a high-performance, scalable system using a radically new architecture that continuously and automatically adjusts each pin individually, correcting skew within byte lanes. This state-of-the-art tuning acts independently on each pin, data phase and chip select value. Read data eye and gate timing are also continuously adjusted. Automatic training is included for multi-cycle read gate timing and write leveling, write data eye timing, and internal and external (on DRAM) Vref setting.

The PHY employs a localized and optimized PHY-to-memory controller interface to ease timing closure. The circuitry in each pin is able to measure the data eye and jitter, and calculate flight delays. The PHY also includes a full speed read/write BIST, which tests the complete read and write paths of every pin simultaneously with pseudo-random data.

Remarkable physical flexibility allows the PHY to adapt to each customer's die floorplan and package constraints, and is delivered and verified as a single unit for easy timing closure with no assembly required. The PHY is also DFI 3.1 compliant, and when combined with a suitable DDR 4/3 memory controller, a complete and fully-automatic DDR 4/3 system is realized.

The True Circuits DDR 4/3 PHY is initially available for customer delivery in TSMC's 28nm HPC/HPC+ process. The PHY will be available in additional TSMC and GLOBALFOUNDRIES processes in the very near future. Interested customers can obtain more product information on the web at www.truecircuits.com/ddr_phy.html or by contacting True Circuits at sales@truecircuits.com.

About True Circuits
True Circuits develops and markets a broad range of industry leading PLLs, DLLs and DDR PHY hard macros for ICs for the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries. TCI's robust state-of-the-art circuits, methodical and proven design strategy, and close association with the world's leading foundries, IDMs, and design services companies allow the company to quickly and reliably create new and innovative designs in a variety of advanced process technologies. Over the last 19 years, True Circuits has distinguished itself as the technology leader in the timing IP space, and its PLLs and DLLs are used extensively around the world in its customers' products with production volumes in the billions.

True Circuits is headquartered at 4300 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Los Altos, California 94022 and can be found on the web at www.truecircuits.com. Product inquiries can be made by calling the company directly at (650) 949-3400 or via e-mail at sales@truecircuits.com.

Press Contact: Kimberly Toan, True Circuits, Inc., (650) 949-3400, Ext. 3404, kim@truecircuits.com.

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