SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- In a move to beef up its new 0.13-micron process technology offerings for foundry customers, Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. here today announced a deal with Virtual Silicon Technology Inc., a supplier of intellectual-property (IP) cores for the semiconductor industry.
Under the terms, Virtual Silicon will make available its eSilicon family of embedded-component libraries in UMC's 0.13-micron process technology. Dubbed WorldLogic, UMC's 0.13-micron process technology is being developed in conjunction with IBM Microelectronics and Infineon Technologies AG.
The eSilicon family of embedded IP semiconductor components includes foundry-specific standard cell libraries, multi-drive I/O pads, single-port RAMs, dual-port RAMs, ROMs, and register files. It also includes mixed-signal components, such as high-speed I/O pads, and phase-locked-loop compilers.
"This eSilicon product offering at 0.13-micron technology allows customers to hit the streets running as the industry's most advanced process technology becomes available," said Taylor Scanlon, chief executive at Virtual Silicon in Sunnyvale, Calif.
The IP offerings will provide a major boost for UMC. "Our 0.13-micron technology rollout strategy requires the early availability of critical design components," said Jim Ballingall, vice president of marketing for UMC, based in Hsinchu, Taiwan. "Virtual Silicon has an excellent track record with UMC and has already developed quality library products for our 0.18-micron and 0.15-micron technologies," he said.
The UMC executive also added that the company's 0.13-micron process is on track. "We are seeing tremendous customer interest in our 0.13-micron Worldlogic technology, which remains on schedule for pilot production qualification at the end of this year," he added.
Most of Virtual Silicon's IP components are licensed at no cost to qualified end users. The high-density standard-cell libraries and I/O pad set will be available in UMC's 0.13-micron process in the fourth quarter of 2000. The memory and PLL compilers will be available in the first quarter of 2001.