Custom Silicon Solutions, Inc. Newsletter
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May/June 2010
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Custom Silicon Solutions Hires Michael McDaid as Director of Sales

Mike McDaid - New Director of Sales

Custom Silicon Solutions, Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company that provides turn-key custom Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and standard product solutions, has hired Mike McDaid as its Director of Sales. 
Mike was previously the Senior Account Manager at Smart Modular Technologies, Inc., a publicly held designer and manufacturer of memory subsystems.  Prior, Mike was the Area Sales Manager for Netlist, Inc., and the Director of OEM Sales for Viking Components, Inc.  Mike McDaid has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State University, Long Beach.
Keith Shelton, CEO of CSS states, "Mike is a great addition to our team.  His experience and skills will enable us to accelerate our growth in the custom ASICs and standard products markets."
Custom Silicon Solutions, Inc. is a successful semiconductor company serving its customers for twelve years by providing the expertise required to both develop and produce complex mixed-signal (analog and digital) Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and high value standard integrated circuits. The founders, former Hughes Semiconductor executives, started the business to provide specialized expertise with a high level of customer service. 
Custom Silicon Solutions specializes in providing custom ASICs to businesses in the Measurement and Control Instrumentation, Military, Medical Device and other markets nationwide. 
For more information, contact Mike McDaid at 949-797-9220 or email him at

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Welcome to the May/June 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 for more information or send an inquiry to [email protected].
Keith Shelton
A Solution to your Design Challenges

Contact CSS for all your custom ASIC needs

Are you facing challenges trying to meet the performance or design specifications of your electronic system?  Many times, a Mixed-Signal Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) can provide a cost-effective solution to your problem by optimizing a particular specification which otherwise could not be done with standard off-the-shelf IC products.  
For example, an optimized ASIC can provide a significant reduction in system power consumption when compared to other off-the-shelf products. This optimized ASIC can often times be the difference between design success and failure. At CSS, we specialize in utilizing proven design techniques that result in efficient, low-power ASIC solutions. 
Or perhaps you need a tight specification for an analog voltage setting that would typically require trimming of each system at the time of assembly.  At CSS, we have the ability to trim analog voltages to custom specifications at initial test of the ASIC and store the settings in EEPROM. This eliminates the need for any trimming that may typically be required during the assembly and test of your system. 

If you are facing challenges due to the physical size of a system that is using off-the-shelf IC's, a Mixed-Signal ASIC can combine the functionality of your multi-IC solution into one package resulting in a much smaller footprint. At CSS we can also package your ASIC into a leadframe that is not much bigger than the die itself.
Many times, designers are concerned that the cost of designing and fabricating an ASIC is too high to justify the advantages. At CSS, we are able to utilize techniques and processes that can reduce Non-recurring Engineering (NRE) tooling costs, especially on lower volume
projects. Additionally, something that is frequently overlooked is the recurring unit cost savings of an ASIC can often times allow you to recover your NRE outlay in about 1-2 years, depending on your annual volume requirements. 

Custom Silicon Solutions is offering a complimentary assessment of your electronic system to assist you in solving your design challenges. There is absolutely no obligation and therefore you have nothing to lose by finding out if a Mixed-Signal ASIC would be the right solution for your application.
To find out more information and to get started with your complimentary assessment, contact Mike McDaid at 949-797-9220 or
[email protected].
Custom Silicon Solutions is your Mixed-Signal ASIC Solution.

"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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Complimentary ASIC Design Assessment from Custom Silicon Solutions
CSS is pleased to offer a complimentary assessment of your current electronic system or project. This assessment is designed to help identify potential solutions to your design and/or costing challenges and since there is absolutely no obligation, it is a great way to find out if a mixed-signal ASIC is the right solution for you.
How can a Mixed-Signal ASIC Solve your Design Challenges? 
  • Reduce system power requirements 
  • Improve analog circuit accuracy
  • Reduce NRE and production costs
  • Reduce overall system size
  • Improve system reliability 
If you would like to get started with your complimentary assessment, please contact Mike McDaid at (949) 797-9220 or email [email protected].