Hoping to bury its rivals in the discrete logic market, Integrated Device Technology Inc. today will unleash an avalanche of new products into its customers' high-speed-design process.
When all of the packaging options are considered, IDT's hugely expanded parts portfolio will feature 836 devices addressing 289 distinct logic functions, according to Anthony V. Walker, director of product marketing for the company's logic division, Santa Clara, Calif.
Specifically, IDT's extended high-performance logic line-up will consist of low-voltage CMOS (LVC) ICs aimed at mixed-voltage systems, and advanced LVC (ALVC) chips aimed at 3-V-only applications. With a wide range of single-, quad-, and octal-gate chips, double-density parts, and extra-wide ICs, the new devices will fulfill such functions as transceiver logic, single-gate logic, flip-flops, and latches.
Where before it was able to meet about 80% of its customers' product needs, IDT's broad ALVC/LVC portfolio will now reach into OEMs' deepest niches, Walker said. "Any high-performance 3-V logic function that a designer might need can be found in our product portfolio," he said.
Although its catalog is vast, IDT manufactures the logic chips using a flexible bulk process, which allows it to assign the logic function during the final metalization step. IDT also uses an economic production model, manufacturing the ALVC/ LVC logic devices on older, 0.5-micron lines.
Citing multiple second-sourcing agreements with logic leader Texas Instruments Inc.-and the short propagation delays of its ALVC/LVC families-IDT said the devices are destined to become industry-standard. Competing LCX-based logic chips, by comparison, have a longer propagation delay and a much smaller base of supplier support, Walker said.
Given the technology's momentum, IDT said ALVC/LVC could help it capture a broader swathe of the discrete, x86, and MIPS-based logic markets. With its recent acquisition of Quality Semiconductor Inc., IDT already lays claim to 24% of the high-performance logic market, second only to TI's 50% stake, according to analyst firm Insight/Onsite, San Jose.
"As bandwidth increases, it's pushing system speed [up] and pulling voltage down," Walker said. "The result is, older, legacy-family logic parts which have worked quite well in the past are no longer viable. IDT's logic division is going to focus in this high-growth segment, which is a very significant opportunity for us to grow revenue."
Holding better margins than glue logic or other legacy ICs, the ALVC/LVC families could also help IDT improve its market position relative to competitors such as TI, Philips Semiconductors, and Fairchild Semiconductors, Walker said.