BLOCCS-A Linear ASIC Capability for the Automotive Industry 890879

A new design methodology, termed BLOCCS - (a Bipolar Library Of Characterised CellS), provides National Semiconductor with the ability to produce semi-custom Analog circuit designs that can be evaluated and achieve full production in less than one third the normal product development cycle time.
Utilising a cell library specifically designed to handle the demanding voltage and temperature extremes encountered in automotive applications, ASIC's can be produced to withstand 80 Volt load-dump transients, reverse battery connection, and up to 3 Amp current levels as required.
This paper describes the BLOCCS design concept and illustrates a number of typical applications in the power control and car radio sectors.


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