BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced it will collaborate with silicon foundry supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to develop system-on-chip (SoC) products, based on TSMC's new 0.13-micron process technologies.
The Canadian broadband communications chip supplier said its SoC devices will support multiple 3.125-gigabit-per-second serial links and SSTL2 interfaces, while containing more than 12 megabits of embedded SRAM, RISC processor cores, and more than 4 million logic gates on an IC. PMC-Sierra said it is among the first companies to implement SoC designs on TSMC's 0.13-micron CMOS processes.
PMC-Sierra's first 0.13-micron devices use the company's 64-bit RM7000B core, which is based on a RISC architecture from MIPS Technologies Inc. and operates at clock speeds up to 500 MHz. SoC designs will also use the RM9000x2 dual central processor core, which runs at 1-GHz speeds, according to the company.
TSMC has now delivered 33 fully functional 0.13-micron product designs to foundry customers, according to Rick Tsai, president of the company, based in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He added that TSMC expects to receive over 60 production tape-outs for 0.13-micron products by the end of this year.
PMC-Sierra said it is also now working with TSMC to port future products to next-generation foundry processes, including 0.10-micron technology.