Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner and pioneer in Silicon Aware IP(TM), announced the availability of a broad new family of 65-nanometer (nm) products – SiWare Memory compilers and SiWare Logic libraries. This new offering, based on more than two years of early 65nm silicon successes, broadens the company’s Silicon Aware IP portfolio and enables semiconductor companies to design faster, lower power and more area efficient System-on-Chips (SoCs) while achieving higher yields.
The SiWare Memory product line provides a powerful dashboard that enables SoC designers to explore the tradeoffs between performance, area, power and statistical yield to generate optimal memory configurations. This “dashboard control” capability is critical at 65nm where design and process complexities require sophisticated management of the various tradeoffs in order to effectively meet stringent end-product requirements and increasingly narrow market windows.
In addition to being optimized for design-for-manufacturing (DFM), the SiWare Logic product line offers SoC designers the ability to manage tradeoffs between area, speed and power. The SiWare Logic library architectures – high-speed, high-density and ultra-high-density – can also be extended with ultra-low-power (ULP) kits for power management and engineering change order (ECO) kits for metal-only design modifications.
“Since the first introduction of our 65nm offering with TSMC, UMC and Freescale in 2004, we have leveraged our early experience to provide designers with an advanced product offering that addresses tough 65nm challenges,” said Brani Buric, vice president of product marketing and strategic foundry relationships at Virage Logic. “Our SiWare Memory and SiWare Logic offerings incorporate what we’ve learned to provide a rich set of performance-enhancing, area-saving, power-optimizing and yield-accelerating options for SoC designers to control as they develop competitive products.”
“Our successful, long-standing relationship with Virage Logic spans various process technologies for multiple foundries, and enables us to utilize their portfolio of highly differentiated IP solutions in our industry-leading multi-mode VDSL2 and gateway products,” said Shekhar Khandekar, vice president of operations at Ikanos. “As a result, our products are able to power the processing and distribution of triple play services in the carrier infrastructure and at the customer premise.”
“Virage Logic was one of the pioneers in establishing the third-party commercial IP market more than 10 years ago and they have a long track record of being first to deliver quality, silicon proven products on each new node,” said Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst at SEMICO Research Corporation. “I am impressed with the breadth of their new 65nm SiWare Memory and SiWare Logic offering and the attention to detail in terms of providing a complete capability set. With the ability to manage and optimize speed, power, area and yield tradeoffs, the SiWare product family enables designers to successfully address the challenges of 65nm design.”
Availability and Pricing
SiWare Logic libraries and SiWare Memory compilers, including single port and dual port SRAMs and register files, are available now for TSMC’s 65nm GP and LP processes. Project pricing starts at $70,000. SiWare IP supports all major electronic design automation (EDA) tool flows such as those offered by Cadence, Magma and Synopsys.
About SiWare Memory Compilers and SiWare Logic Libraries
The SiWare Memory product line of silicon aware compilers provides power-optimized memories for advanced processes at 65nm. These high-performance memory compilers minimize both static and dynamic power consumption and provide optimal yields. SiWare High-Density memory compilers are optimized to generate memories with the absolute minimum area. SiWare High-Speed memory compilers are designed to help designers achieve the most aggressive critical path requirements. Compile-time options for process threshold variants, power saving modes, read and write margin extensions, ultra-low voltage operation, and innovative design for at-speed test enable SoC designers to configure optimal solutions for their specific design requirements.
The SiWare Logic product line includes yield-optimized standard cells for a wide variety of design applications at 65nm with multiple threshold process variants. SiWare Logic libraries are offered using three separate architectures to optimize circuits for Ultra-High-Density, High-Speed, or general use. SiWare Ultra-Low-Power extension libraries provide designers with the most advanced power management capabilities.
About Silicon Aware IP
To help SoC designers address the complex predictability and manufacturability challenges at advanced process nodes, in 2005 Virage Logic pioneered a new class of semiconductor IP called Silicon Aware IP. The company’s Silicon Aware IP offering (embedded memories, logic libraries and I/Os) includes silicon behavior knowledge for increased predictability and manufacturability. This intelligence includes hardware implementations for optimal yield in the design phase and extends to include test, repair, and diagnostics for manufacturability. Because Silicon Aware IP understands the behavior of silicon and is able to address post-silicon issues, it is key in helping designers maximize yield, lower test escapes, increase reliability, speed time-to-volume and improve overall manufacturability.
About Virage Logic
Founded in 1996, Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ: VIRL) rapidly established itself as a technology and market leader in providing advanced embedded memory intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. Today, as the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner, the company’s Silicon Aware IP offering (embedded memories, logic libraries and I/Os) includes silicon behavior knowledge for increased predictability and manufacturability. Through its recent acquisition of Ingot Systems, the company has expanded its product offering to include Application Specific IP (ASIP) solutions such as Double Data Rate (DDR) Memory Controllers and design services. Virage Logic’s highly differentiated product portfolio provides higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield to foundries, integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and fabless customers who develop products for the consumer, communications and networking, hand-held and portable, computer and graphics, automotive, and government and military markets. The company uses its FirstPass-Silicon Characterization Lab(TM) for certain products to help ensure high quality, reliable IP across a wide range of foundries and process technologies. The company also prides itself on providing superior customer support and was named the 2006 Customer Service Leader of the Year in the Semiconductor IP Market by Frost & Sullivan. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Virage Logic has R&D, sales and support offices worldwide.