AMD Selects Virage Logic Embedded Memory IP for ATI Radeon 4800

Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL), the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner, announced that Advanced Micro Devices’ (Nasdaq: AMD) ATI Radeon[tm] 4800 series graphics products leverage Virage Logic’s advanced embedded memory IP for superior performance. The relationship between AMD and Virage Logic provides AMD with access to Virage Logic’s embedded memory IP offering to support graphics processors and other devices for 65-nanometer (nm) and 55nm processes and beyond.

“For more than eight years, our engineers have used semiconductor IP from Virage Logic to create some of the most advanced and successful graphics products in the market,” said David Wang, vice president, silicon engineering, AMD Graphics Product Group. “Virage Logic offers a comprehensive end-to-end memory solution and sophisticated support at advanced processes to help facilitate our efforts in bringing next-generation products to market as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The ability to achieve first time working silicon of our 55nm ATI Radeon GPUs using Virage Logic’s IP is a testament to the strength of their technology and a direct result of their rigorous IP verification and advanced silicon validation processes.”

“We are proud that industry leader AMD is part of our roster of integrated device manufacturers that rely on our broad IP offering to take their products to new levels of performance and complexity. AMD’s selection of Virage Logic as their trusted semiconductor IP supplier is a great endorsement of their confidence in our ability to provide them with the highly differentiated and silicon proven, quality IP they need to accelerate the development of their advanced process technology products,” said Dan McCranie, chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of Virage Logic. “AMD’s success further confirms the value that leading manufacturers can realize as they move to advanced process nodes by concentrating on their core strengths and looking to trusted partners to deliver robust semiconductor IP solutions.”

For both the ATI Radeon[tm] HD 3800 series and the recently introduced ATI Radeon[tm] 4800 series of GPUs, AMD leveraged Virage Logic’s embedded memory IP offering, including the Silicon Aware Self-Test and Repair (STAR[tm]) Memory System, to reduce test costs and optimize device yields at 65nm and 55nm process technologies. Virage Logic’s process expertise and rigorous silicon validation program helped ensure AMD was able to achieve first time working silicon and helped accelerate their time-to-market.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with a leader in advanced semiconductor technologies like AMD,” noted Dr. Alex Shubat, chief operating officer (CTO) of Virage Logic. “Our respect for their hardware solutions extends to our own operations, where we rely on the compute power of AMD Opteron[tm] processors in our server farm to drive the complex, ongoing processes of characterizing our broad portfolio of semiconductor IP products including our embedded memories, logic libraries and I/Os.”

About the STAR Memory System
The STAR Memory System provides the most integrated cost-effective solution for embedding on-chip test and repair of memories in designs with a few to a few-thousand memory instances. Repairable or non-repairable embedded memories across any foundry or process node can be incorporated as part of the STAR Memory System to address a broad range of SoC design requirements. The STAR Memory System consists of a complete solution allowing users to select and automatically integrate and verify all of the components required within the system. Successfully used in hundreds of designs on a variety of process nodes ranging from 180nm to 55nm, the STAR Memory System provides the most complete test solution to improve test quality, repair of manufacturing faults found in advanced processes and ease of integration into design.

In order to provide STAR Memory System access to all memory developers, Virage Logic has developed a proprietary memory description language called MASIS. The MASIS language, together with a MASIS compiler, simplifies and accelerates the process of creating and verifying memory views used by the STAR Memory System.

About Virage Logic
Virage Logic is a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. The company’s highly differentiated product portfolio of Physical and Application Specific IP includes embedded SRAMs, embedded NVMs, logic libraries, I/Os and DDR memory controller subsystems. As the industry’s trusted semiconductor IP partner, foundries, IDMs and fabless customers rely on Virage Logic to achieve higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield, as well as shorten time-to-market and time-to-volume.

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