SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Artisan Components Inc. has agreed to support 0.15-micron CMOS manufacturing at foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. with a port of its libraries, Artisan said Wednesday (March 31, 2004). The agreement follows on from a similar agreement covering 0.18-micron manufacturing, announced in January 2003.
That older process has became the subject of allegations of intellectual property theft and patent infringement levelled at SMIC by rival foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC). SMIC has denied the allegations.
The Artisan libraries, now being ported to 0.15-micron CMOS, cover SRAM, ROM and register-file generators as well as Artisan's standard cell Library. Artisan plans to distribute the products under its Access Library Program on a worldwide basis at no charge to licensed design teams, the company said.
"This agreement with Artisan will also provide Artisan's thousands of users with access to advanced IC manufacturing in China. In addition, it will help us to better meet our customers' requirements in China as well as in the rest of the world," said Richard Chang, president and chief executive officer of SMIC, in a statement.
So-called "front-end views" for Artisan's 0.15-micron SMIC platform are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2004, Artisan said.
No reference was made by Artisan to the legal suit alleging that SMIC stole TSMC's 0.18-micron process and related chip-production technologies (see story).