LISBON, Portugal—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 17, 2007— Chipidea, the world's leading provider of analog/mixed-signal subsystems and intellectual property, today announced the industry's first Flexible Mixed-Signal IP Platform Architecture(TM) (FLEMIA), a highly innovative approach to integrating multiple blocks of analog functionality into a single chip to streamline electronic system design. Leveraging Chipidea's extensive, silicon-proven portfolio of analog IP, the FLEMIA platform offers an unprecedented level of analog circuit integration and configurability for electronic communication and consumer applications.
The FLEMIA platform leverages Chipidea's broad expertise in
leading-edge power management, audio and USB IP and allows customers
to choose the specific functionality needed to address system demands.
Chipidea then customizes the mixed-signal architecture to customers'
specifications and makes it production ready for any of the industry's
leading foundries. The platform allows system designers to bypass the
time-consuming and expensive process of integrating multiple, discrete
analog components and IP cores and helps simplify system design to
improve reliability. The FLEMIA platform is designed to allow original
design manufacturers (ODMs), digital ASIC vendors, fabless IC
companies and ASSP providers to reduce board space and
bill-of-material costs in their designs.
"As the list of feature sets for communication and consumer
electronic systems gets more complex, our Flexible Mixed-Signal IP
Platform Architecture brings game-changing integration capabilities to
the industry," said Jose Franca, co-founder and CEO of Chipidea. "When
creating systems to address emerging market demands and evolving
technology standards, designers have a wide range of analog
functionality to consider. With the ability to consolidate all of a
system's power management, audio and USB components into a single
device, the FLEMIA platform offers the industry a powerful new
capability to help address the dynamic challenges in advanced system
The FLEMIA platform is designed to provide unique programming
capabilities to the analog portions of customer designs. Through
standard chip programming methodologies, each functional block in the
FLEMIA can be precisely configured for each specific system need. This
helps designers who must continually add features to basic
communication system designs to include WiFi, GPS, audio, battery
charging, USB, WiMAX, Bluetooth and other capabilities. Additionally,
when a system processor undergoes a design shrink, FLEMIA can be
re-configured to provide a new power scheme for the system.
The wide array of integration solutions available through the
FLEMIA platform enables system designers to select from many analog IP
cores in Chipidea's catalog and to custom design FLEMIA(TM) to meet
specific applications or the requirements of ODMs and other system
designers. Chipidea provides a complete hardware and software solution
to match consumer and communication system needs. The company can also
provide the expertise to match the mixed-signal architecture to
digital ASICs and offers guidance to help customers select the
appropriate analog IP blocks for their designs.
"We're providing customers with unprecedented flexibility to
choose voltage regulators, power converters, data converters, audio
codecs and USB connectivity layers, and embed them all into a single
chip in order to address the trend toward greater integration," said
Nuno Ramalho, vice president for Audio and Power Management Solutions.
"FLEMIA has a customizable serial bus control over each IP core, which
allows designers to precisely configure the chip for the application,
whether it is for battery-powered mobile communication systems,
imaging, multimedia or computer applications."
Chipidea is the world's number one analog/mixed-signal merchant
technology supplier targeting fast-growing market segments including
wireless communications, digital media and consumer electronics.
Chipidea supports blue-chip customers across the globe, has an
impeccable reputation for delivering high-quality products and is
known for its reliable execution. Chipidea licenses its technology to
leading companies in all major markets, delivering everything from
high-precision, single-function blocks to full analog sub-systems. For
more information: www.chipidea.com.