YOKOHAMA, Japan -- MIPS Technologies Inc. and Chartered Semiconductor ManufacturingPte. Ltd. have announced the completion of key milestones that will make it possible for customers to use "drop-in" MIPS Technologies intellectual property (IP) processor cores directly through the foundry.
The two companies announced a plan last year to allow MIPS processor cores to be used in customers' designs fabricated at the Singapore foundry without compromising users proprietary intellectual property (see June 21, 1999 story).
Chartered's silicon implementation of the MIPS32 4Kc 32-bit processor core has been architecturally verified, which demonstrates compatibility with the MIPS32 architecture standard. Designers can use the MIPS cores as drop-in blocks that are pre-proven for manufacturability in Chartered's fabs. They cores are also compatible with the large body of third-party development tools and software available for the MIPS processor architecture.
"With a corporate strategy to enable systems on silicon, we continue to expand the services that verify, validate and qualify IP for a seamless path from design to silicon to market entry," said Ana Hunter, vice president of worldwide EDA services for Chartered, speaking at the Japan IP conference in Yokohama. "Our mutual customers get the best of both companies' expertise: the system architecture knowledge with software from MIPS Technologies and the manufacturing implementation support from Chartered."
The two companies have produced a design kit that contains the models and documentation necessary for implementing the MIPS32 4Kc core within a system-on-chip (Soc) to be manufactured at Chartered. The kit includes sample boot code developed by MIPS Technologies, plus a hard-core integration guide; timing, simulation and synthesis models; verification test vectors and scripts; physical design, production test and back-end design methodologies, and data sheets.
Engineers can use the design kit as a reference for both 0.25- and 0.18-micron designs. The kit is available now from Chartered.
"We chose to work with Chartered because of their commitment to providing value-added services for their customers as well as the final silicon," said James MacHale, director of semiconductor licensee marketing at MIPS Technologies. "Our licensees, especially those in the communications and network markets, must meet stringent time to market requirements or they miss narrow market windows. These new design kits will help them get to market faster."