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RF-FPGA Early Access Program Announced by Triad Semiconductor


The RF-FPGA is a field-programmable radio frequency receiver approach that will impact communication, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence solutions by eliminating redundant and costly hardware development needed for each new wireless function or waveform.

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Triad Semiconductor, Inc. announces the RF-FPGA Early Access Program that will provide a select number of lead partners with the opportunity to realize their custom RF designs on RF-FPGA hardware ahead of the general market.

Triad Semiconductor's RF-FPGA is a radio frequency field programmable gate array.

Triad's technical and business teams will be available at the 2012 MILCOM Conference, October 29 to November 1 in Orlando Florida, Booth #1532 to talk with candidates seeking admittance to the RF-FPGA early access program. Exhibit visitors are welcomed to stop by the Triad booth to discuss applications or to schedule follow-on meetings.

Triad's RF-FPGA Combines Configurable Array and Sampled IF Technologies
The RF-FPGA uses Triad's patented via-configurable array (VCA) technology combined with field programmable sampled IF (SIF) technology.

An RF-FPGA can be re-configured into a variety of RF receiver circuits using VCA technology.

SIF filters can be field programmed as low pass, high pass, band-pass, or band-stop filters by downloading new coefficients on-the-fly.

RF-FPGA Capabilities
An RF-FPGA's configurable and field programmable resources include:

  •     14-bit, 130MSPS ADC or 2x 12-bit, 130MSPS ADCs
  •     Low noise frequency synthesizer
  •     Built-in anti-alias and anti-image filtering
  •     Down mixing
  •     ADC buffer amplifier
  •     Field programmable Sampled IF (SIF) filter
  •     Center frequency from 60 to 300MHz
  •     50dB stop band attenuation with 100MHz bandwidth
  •     80dB stop band attenuation with 40MHz bandwidth
  •     (example SIF filter performance – other options available

through field reprogramming of the SIF filter)

  •     Information about other RF-FPGA resources and specifications available to lead partner candidates under non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

RF-FPGA Target Applications
The RF-FPGA can address many receiver applications including:

  •     Precision GPS
  •     Military receivers
  •     Surveillance & intelligence
  •     Cognitive and adaptive receivers
  •     Microwave backhaul
  •     Real-time spectrum monitoring
  •     Radar systems
  •     Instrumentation
  •     Automotive FM
  •     High-speed ADC applications

Triad's RF-FPGA Early Access Program
Developers seeking Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) integration of their RF designs are encouraged to submit their application ideas to Triad for review. Submitted applications will be reviewed to determine how well the application matches the RF-FPGA program's technical and business requirements. From the list of qualified programs, Triad will grant admission to the RF-FPGA Early Access Program to a select number of lead partners.
Lead partners in the program will help influence the RF-FPGA architecture, have access to advanced product specifications and receive RF-FPGA silicon solutions ahead of the general marketplace.

About Triad Semiconductor, Inc.
Triad Semiconductor is changing the way mixed signal ASICs are designed. Triad makes ViaASICs™ that combine silicon-proven analog and digital resources onto ASIC die that are configured with a single (Via-Only™) mask layer change. This approach to ASIC design reduces development cost, development time, and is easier and less risky than traditional full-custom IC design. Triad supports an ITAR-certified design flow and supply-chain. Triad is focused on long-term supply of semiconductor solutions to customers in the defense, aerospace, industrial and medical markets. For more information, please visit or call (336) 774-2150.

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