HIGH WYCOMBE, England -- Aspex Technology Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company delivering a form of parallel processing, within its Linedancer family of processor chips, has struck up a relationship with Philips Semiconductors, whereby Philips is using the Linedancer for wireless infrastructure system development, selling the device under a Philips part number, and is acting as foundry for Aspex.
Paul Greenfield, chief executive officer at Aspex declined to comment on whether Philips had taken a stake in the company.
"We felt a small company like Aspex would have problems getting through the 'sourcing gate'. So we needed a partner. They are now our foundry," said Greenfield.
Philips Semiconductors' ability to support Aspex with back-end technical issues such as cross-talk means Aspex is able to provide a superior quality product to their customers, the company said.
The Aspex Linedancer device was ported from a 0.18m manufacturing process at Chartered Semiconductor to Philips manufacturing on a 0.13-micron process and in doing so has achieved an increase in speed to 400-MHz clock frequency, the company said.
Philips Semiconductors has also been able to provide Aspex with a roadmap down to 45-nanometers.
"Aspex chose Philips Semiconductors because of its foundry technology leadership and world-class manufacturing footprint. These qualities, along with its excellent customer service and support convinced Aspex Technology that Philips Semiconductor was the right foundry partner," said Greenfield in a statement.