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IDT Timing Commander boasts GUI for monitoring clocking devices

10 Oct 2013

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Integrated Device Technology has unveiled Timing Commander, a software platform that allows system design engineers to configure, program, and monitor timing devices with a graphical user interface (GUI). The tool enables clients to hasten development cycles and optimise the configuration of IDT's clocking solutions. The software is a Windows-based platform designed to serve configuration interfaces, called personalities, for various IDT products and product families.

The tool allows clients to use an interactive block diagram that can modify desired input values, output values, and other configuration settings. The software automatically makes calculations, reports status monitors, and prepares register settings. The tool also automatically loads the configuration settings over USB to an IDT evaluation board for immediate application in the circuit. Once the device has been configured and tuned for optimal system performance, the configuration file can be saved for factory-level programming prior to shipment.

The Timing Commander software allows users to zoom in and out of a device's block diagram, and to click on various blocks to learn more about their functions and toggle key parameters. Hovering over input fields provides information about the field, while a fractional input syntax avoids issues with infinite decimals. Additional functionality includes the ability to protect input fields once they've been set, and directly view and modify register settings individually or collectively as desired for flexibility. Device-dependent advanced features include the ability to generate phase noise plots, generate the schematic symbol and termination circuit, and calculate estimated power consumption.

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