NEUCHATEL, Switzerland Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), a semiconductor foundry, has licensed a version of Xemics SA's CooLib low-power, low-voltage digital cell library for use by customers of Tower's 0.5-micron chip manufacturing services.
Xemics, a fabless chip company based here, uses Tower to manufacture its standard product designs for wireless and battery operated devices.
The agreement between the companies allows Tower to offer the CooLib library to its foundry customers. The library, which is optimized to minimize power consumption and operates down to 2.5 V, will support Tower's digital, embedded flash and mixed-signal processes.
For purely digital logic designs, CooLib has already been characterized for operation down to 1.0 V on a 0.25-micron CMOS process of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan).
"As a leading foundry focusing on mixed-signal and embedded flash CMOS processes, Tower is committed to providing its customers with the best libraries possible to speed designs through manufacture," said Reuven Marko, vice president of marketing and sales for Tower.
A synthesis evaluation library is available free of charge from Xemics.
"This move was the next logical step to reinforce our partnership with Tower," said Remy Pache, vice president of business development at Xemics.