Custom Silicon Solutions, Inc. Newsletter
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March/April 2010
In This Issue
 
 
 
New CSS555 Demo Kit 
 (CSS555C DMK) 
 
An improved Demo Kit for the popular CSS555 and CSS555C is now available.
PC Card from CSS555C Demo Kit 
 
The Demo Kit (CSS555C DMK) now has test sockets for both the 8 PIN DIP and the 8 PIN SOIC packages.  We are also now including samples of the CSS555C in both DIP and SOIC packages.   The Demo Kit is very easy to use - just plug it into your PC (USB interface provided), install the custom software and turn it on.  A complete Operating Manual is included.  The software provides a "point-and-click" dialog box (shown below) to make operation and programming very simple.
 
 
The CSS555 operating power is lower than any IC timer in the market today.
 Point and Click Dialog Box
 
The Demo Kit allows you to program the 6 decade counter of the CSS555 for very long pulses or delays.  You can also trim the capacitor inside the CSS555C for exact timing.  All this programming is stored in non-volatile memory in the CSS555 and will be retained as long as desired.   The new Demo Kit is available now.  It is priced at $95, but is available for a short time for $80 (See the Promotion below). 
 
Since this Newsletter is about saving power, it is important to note that one of the main features of the CSS555 is its very low power.  Active current is less than 5 ľA.  It can also be programmed into a low voltage mode using the Demo Kit.  This allows for efficient low voltage operation down to 1.2 volts.  
 
The result - The CSS555 operating power is lower than any IC timer in the market today.
For detailed information on the CSS555, please visit our website:
www.CustomSiliconSolutions.com and download the complete specification.  You may also inquire at Info@CustomSiliconSolutions.com for pricing and availability.
 
 
 
Custom Silicon Solutions Memberships & Certifications:
 

CSS Memberships:

  • Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)
  • IEEE
  • Bruin Professionals   

CSS Certifications:

  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified
  • ITAR Compliant: Registration Code M24941
  • Central Contractor Registered (CCR): CAGE Code 5F3G6
     

Greetings!
 
Welcome to the March/April edition of the CSS Newsletter.  We hope you find these articles informative and helpful in your work.

Custom Silicon Solutions (CSS) provides a true Turn-Key Solution to meet your Mixed Signal ASIC needs - from Development through Production.  Our mission is to develop an ASIC that meets your requirement at the lowest possible price and with a minimum of assistance from your technical staff.  Please visit us at www.CustomSiliconSolutions.com for more information or send an inquiry to Info@CustomSiliconSolutions.com.
 
Keith Shelton
CEO
Very Low Power ASICs
EEPROM 
Lower system power comes naturally for an ASIC.  By combining separate digital and analog functions in one chip, power is automatically reduced as the capacitance between these functions is dramatically reduced.   Power reductions of 2X to 10X are possible with no sacrifice in performance.

Even more power reduction can often be achieved in an ASIC by optimizing power reduction in a trade-off with speed.  One can achieve very low power in an ASIC if high speed is not required.  This trade-off is usually not available to a significant degree in standard products as they are often a compromise of speed and power to meet the largest market segment. 
 
Low power is an area that we specialize in at CSS.  Many of our ASIC customers have a requirement for very low power and high speed is not required.  This allows us to design their ASIC for extremely low power.  Some examples are instructive. 
 
Applications with battery power usually want to conserve power to extend the battery life.  One of our ASICs is required to operate on its battery for 20 years!  The battery is about the size of that for a PC.  Another ASIC is required to work with an operating current of 50 nano-amps.  With this extremely low current drain, the ASIC could operate on two AAA batteries for 3.5 years. 
 
These examples illustrate that for very low power applications, an ASIC may be the only solution.  For less severe power requirements, power may be reduced to a minimum for the required speed.  This may be the case for an ASIC in a "green" application that simply strives to conserve energy by not using more energy than is necessary for the application.  
 
If you have a need to reduce power in your electronic system, and especially if you need to significantly reduce power, a low power ASIC is an excellent way to go - it may be the only way to go.  Please give us a call or email your requirement.  We know how to lower power and will be happy to show you what can be done for your application.
 
Please give us a call at 949-289-9056 or email us at Info@CustomSiliconSolutions.com for more information.

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Testimonial
 
 
"Through many years and many custom chip developments and with integrity, commitment, innovation and support, CSS has continually demonstrated leadership in providing turnkey, mixed signal custom chips that allow Curtis Instruments to develop cost effective and market leading products."
 

Mike Miller
Product Manager, Timing & Counting Products
Curtis Instruments Inc.



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New Demo Kit Offer
 

An improved Demo Kit for the popular CSS555 and CSS555C timer IC's is now available.  The Demo Kit (CSS555C DMK) now has test sockets for both the 8 PIN DIP and the 8 PIN SOIC packages.
 
The new Demo Kit is available now. 
It is priced at $95, but is available for a short time for $80
 
 Info@CustomSiliconSolutions.com or
Call 631-750-4424 and ask for Lance
Globalwide Electronics Group
 
CSS555C Demo Kit PC Card from Custom Silicon Solutions
 
The Demo Kit is all you need to operate the CSS555 IC - a micro-power, programmable version of the popular 555 Timer IC.
 
Mention Promotion Code:  FJB04
 
This offer will expire May 30, 2010