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October 10, 2015 7:26 AM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of Forza Silicon Corporation

Company Overview

Forza Silicon Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, engages in the design and production of custom integrated circuits (ICs). It offers high-resolution and high-speed CMOS image sensors, high-speed optoelectronics/communication chips, high resolution data converters, high speed serial interface custom IP blocks, and mixed-signal ICs. The company’s CMOS image sensors are used in still and video cameras, cellular phones, and radiography equipment, as well as broadcasting applications; and optoelectronics are used in fiber-optical, satellite and radio frequency, or baseband communication markets. It serves consumer electronics, medical, biotech, defense, and automotive markets. Forza Si...

2947 Bradley Street

Suite 130

Pasadena, CA 91107

United States

Founded in 2001





Key Executives for Forza Silicon Corporation

Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Age: 61
Chief Technology officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Forza Silicon Corporation Key Developments

NHK and Forza Silicon Present 133 Mpixel 60 fps CMOS Image Sensor at Global IC Design Conference

Forza Silicon announced that at NHK presented the design architecture and specifications of the unprecedented 133 megapixel (MP) 60 frames per second (fps) CMOS image sensor, an advancement resulting from a collaboration between NHK and Forza Silicon, at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). ISSCC continues to be the technical forum of the semiconductor industry where companies and universities present advances in solid-state and integrated circuit designs that have been fabricated and tested. The image sensor solution presented by NHK was designed by Forza Silicon and fabricated using a 0.18 µm 3.3V/1.8V process with 1D stitching. To date conventional image sensors for 8K applications have used 8 MP and 33 MP solutions in large optical formats. These sensor solutions have not been effective in managing the tradeoffs between size and resolution. In order to eliminate the bulky lens/color-prism optical system of previous generation cameras, the team developed a single-chip 133 MP image sensor. The sensor takes advantage of Forza Silicon’s Gen 3 readout architecture to achieve frame frequency of 60 fps. The Gen 3 readout architecture uses a pseudo-column parallel design with 14b redundant successive approximation register ADCs to achieve a throughput of 128 Gb/s at full resolution and frame rate. With this joint development, NHK and Forza have reached the next milestone in high-resolution, high frame-rate broadcast technology.

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