eSilicon Corporation, a pioneering semiconductor value chain producer, announced that it has reached an agreement to license Avago Technologies’ 90nm and 65nm embedded SerDes cores on a limited basis. The agreement allows eSilicon to offer these high performance cores as part of its custom chip development solution, positioning it to address the growing communications and storage ASIC markets, valued at close to $5 billion annually. The cores support a broad range of popular industry standards such as PCI-Express, Fibre Channel, XAUI/CEI-6G, and XFI, and are suitable for both chip-to-chip and backplane applications.
Avago Technologies, the former semiconductor division of Hewlett-Packard, has a long legacy of embedded SerDes technology leadership and has shipped more than 45 million SerDes channels. The SerDes cores offer extremely low jitter, making it possible to integrate many SerDes channels on a single chip.
“SerDes technology is clearly an area where Avago excels, and we are pleased to now offer this technology to select customers,” said Hugh Durdan, Vice President of marketing at eSilicon. “The combination of our value chain services and the manufacturing expertise of our foundry partner TSMC provides customers with a well-proven way to get a high performance product to market quickly.”
“Avago develops ASICs for leading suppliers of enterprise networking, computer and storage equipment. This agreement will allow companies that fall outside our traditional customer base to access our SerDes cores,” said Todd Metcalf, senior director of marketing for Avago Technologies’ ASIC Products Division. “We are committed to our established and targeted customers. Expanding our strategy to include this agreement benefits both Avago and our customers as we can invest yet more resources into the ongoing development of our leading-edge SerDes portfolio.”
Avago’s SerDes cores offer multi-rate capability and are architected to be flexible and highly scalable. The cores feature an on-chip BERT for channel bit-error optimization, and an on-chip high speed scope allowing system designers to view, in the time domain, the received signal internal to the chip.
The SerDes cores are available immediately from eSilicon.
eSilicon, a pioneering semiconductor Value Chain Producer (VCP), provides a comprehensive suite of design, productization and manufacturing services, enabling a flexible, low-cost, lower-risk path to volume production. The company delivers chips to system original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fabless semiconductor companies who serve a wide variety of markets including the consumer, computer, communications and industrial segments. eSilicon – Enabling Your Silicon Success(TM).
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