SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. today announced development activities with Virage Logic Corp. to create embedded memory compilers for communications ICs that are fabricated in 0.13-micron copper processes.
The Singapore silicon foundry company said it will use Virage Logic's Custom-Touch ASAP compilers to offer embedded memory options for communications IC design that will be produced with all-copper interconnects and low-k dielectrics.
Chartered said Virage has made several architectural improvements to embedded memory circuit designs to minimize gate leakage current and to reduce power consumption when ICs are inactive. In addition, proprietary technology has also been developed to minimize possible data corruption with the addition of sense amplifiers that operate at low voltages used in 0.13-micron ICs, Chartered said.
Virage in Fremont, Calif., will initially offer compilers for Chartered's 0.13-micron process to produce 1- and 2-port register files, 1-port high-density SRAM and dual-port high-density SRAM. The Chartered 0.13-micron design kit will become available in the next several weeks for early adopters. Silicon-validated compilers from Virage Logic will be released to the market in the third quarter of 2001.