Philips and Cypress unveil latest CPLDs

Philips and Cypress unveil latest CPLDs
David Manners New complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) are being launched by Cypress Semiconductor and Philips Semiconductors. Cypress announces today a CPLD family ranging from 32 macrocells to 512 macrocells, while Philips has announced a 960 macrocell chip with propagation delays of only 6ns. Philips’ SRAM-based CoolRunner 960 CPLD is, claims Philips, the largest CPLD in the industry with twelve modules of eighty macrocells each. It has a 36 wide logic input structure that connects to configurable registers. It is specifically positioned for high-speed state machine and control logic applications. Philips says that it achieves the density and speed performance off a 3V operating voltage by use of its patented interconnect technology which it calls Global ZIA (zero-power interconnect array). The chip is packaged in a 492-pin ball grid array with 384 signal pin capability. It is manufactured using 0.35?m technology and five metal layers. Target date for production of the CoolRunner 960 is August. Pricing is $98 each for quantities over 25,000. Samples are available now. Cypress’ CPLD family, called Ultra37000, has propagation delays of 5ns for the 32 macrocell device and 7.5ns for the 256 macrocell device.


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