Title
Mixed Signal ASIC for Tape Drive
New ASIC gives cost reduction and new functionality in tape streamer
Technologies used

Mixed ASIC

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    322 Computer peripherals
Abstract
Abstract Tandberg Data ASA develop and manufacture tape streamers for the professional market. To achieve a new tape drive with improved transfer rate of 5 MB/s and native capacity of 50 GB, the AE has developed a 4 channel write circuit in-house. The previous product had a native capacity of 16 GB and transfer rate of 1.5 MB/s, using a subcontracted 2 channel write chip. The new product will increase the company's competitive position, since both capacity and transfer rate are very important factors for the customers. To achieve a new tape drive with improved transfer rate of 5 MB/s and native capacity of 50 GB, the AE has developed a 4 channel write circuit in-house. The previous product had a native capacity of 16 GB and transfer rate of 1.5 MB/s, using a subcontracted 2 channel write asic Both the new asic and the previous asic are mixed signals. The new product will increase the company's competitive position, since both capacity and transfer rate are very important factors for the customers. The objectives for the AE has been to get an in-house experience in mixed-signal ASIC design, and the possibility to reuse the modules in new products. The tools allow TD to use a top-down design technique by modeling modules in Verilog/ AVHDL. The mixed signal ASIC technology was in reality the only option, as the interface between a digital and an analog ASIC counted a huge amount of timing critical connections. One mixed signal ASIC also gave cost savings compared to making two different ASICs. During the AE, there have been several changes in specification, causing delays in the project. The work has also to some extent been underestimated. The AE has lasted for 23 months with a total cost of 100 kEUR. Industrialisation costs, including investments, training and NRE costs added another 235 kEUR. Payback period is estimated to be 2 years. The ROI is 216 %.
Company
Tandberg Data ASA
Kjelsåsveien 161
P.O.Box 134 Kjelsås
N-0411 Oslo
Norway

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