PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced it has inked a distribution agreement with Triad Semiconductor, the leader in the design and manufacture of configurable low-cost mixed signal ASICs based on via-configurable array (VCA). The agreement provides Avnet’s customers in the defense, medical, industrial, consumer and automotive markets a low-cost, rapid path to semiconductor integration through its ViaASIC™ solutions.
“Appointing Avnet as our distributor throughout the Americas is an integral part of Triad’s long-term strategy to deliver semi-custom solutions across diverse vertical markets,” explained Lynn Hayden, chief executive officer, Triad. “With their emphasis on strong technical support and global distribution excellence, Avnet is central to our goal of rapidly growing our semi-custom ViaASIC business that is revolutionizing the way that small and large companies obtain semiconductor integration.”
“Triad’s unique semi-custom IC technology will bring fast and affordable IC integration to our mutual customers,” said Chuck Delph, senior vice president, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “Avnet is committed to adding lines that bring true innovation and value to our customers. With shorter development times and lower development costs, Triad is an excellent choice for customers looking for alternatives to full-custom ASIC development.”
Triad’s mixed-signal VCA features similar programmability benefits of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), but differ in that they are programmed during fabrication (not in the field) by creating a unique via layer to connect the required analog and digital cells to implement a mixed-signal circuit. Unlike FPGAs, VCAs contain analog cells allowing for integration of analog circuits in addition to the digital.