Dolphin Design announces first silicon tape out in 12nm FinFet

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Dolphin Design, a supplier of high-performance analogue, mixed-signal, processing intellectual property (IP) as well as ASIC designs, has successfully taped-out its first 12nm FinFet test-chip containing its audio IP.

By creating a dedicated test-chip the company is now well positioned in the market offering both power management and audio IP, increasing its level of expertise in advanced processes.

According to Dolphin, the insights it has gained from test chip development are helping to play a pivotal role in delivering the company’s aggressive performance roadmap, while ensuring that the company IPs continues to evolve and meet demands in terms of both performance and low power.

The new IP set includes:

  • Four top-of-the-line low-power audio ADCs, designed to drastically reduce the power consumption as expected in TWS and voice-controlled devices.
  • Dolphin Design’s headphone class-D DAC has been tailored to offer ultra-low power capabilities, low latency, and high THD+N, and is specifically targeting TWS where power efficiency is critical.
  • An ultra-compact digital PWM DAC that populates numerous devices in needs for a budget-friendly audio DAC to drive speaker amplifiers.

“With its new set of IPs, Dolphin Design is positioned as the preferred choice for low-consumption, high-performance audio IPs. This achievement underlines our commitment to delivering groundbreaking solutions to our customers and reinforces our dedication to continuous innovation in semiconductor Ips,” said Hakim Jaafar, VP of Marketing at Dolphin Design.