Systems (SWS), an analog and mixed signal
ASIC solutions provider, today announced that as a result of a joint
development partnership with Discera, Discera has taken
delivery of a fully qualified, product-ready ASIC for
Discera’s innovative silicon-based clock generators which are
being used in a wide array of end applications, including consumer
Discera, a leading provider of MEMS-based clock generators for
the frequency and timing control markets, provides small cutting-edge
oscillators that are expected to transform electronic design because
they offer a direct replacement for bulkier quartz crystal oscillators,
which are the key timing element in virtually all electronic systems.
Discera oscillators incorporate both a MEMS resonator and an ASIC, with
a QFN or ceramic package. The company’s MEMS-based timing
devices are drop-in oscillator replacements for DVD players, gaming
consoles, set top boxes, camcorders, PDAs, cameras and hundreds of
other consumer applications.
Discera and SWS have partnered closely in the complete
development by addressing complex dependencies and design requirements
between the MEMS device and the ASIC in order to deliver fully-tested
and calibrated clock generator product samples to Discera customers.
“We are very impressed with the experience of SWS in
ASIC design and are excited about this partnership as Discera continues
our ramp into volume production,” said Tom Willey, chief
executive officer of Discera.
“As Discera successfully samples a large number of
customers and ramps up to volume production, our team is consistently
supporting Discera in designing the ASIC to address customer-specific
product requirements,” said Hisham Haddara, chief executive
officer of SWS.
With a broad range of expertise, SWS works with partners such
as Discera in the initial product development stages, offering a unique
and flexible design approach in order to deliver robust and high
performance ASIC designs to its customers in competitive timeframes.
SWS methodologies enable greater degrees of flexibility for quick
response to new market opportunities in North America and Europe.
Focusing on its core expertise within the RF and mixed signal
domain, SWS has served customers and applications in timing, frequency
synthesis, data converters, RF front-ends and in particular MEMS signal
conditioning ASICs, including resonators and accelerometers. SWS is
uniquely positioned to be the design and IC supplier of choice with