San Jose--Nov. 24, 1997--VLSI Technology Inc. (San Jose) has released design libraries supporting the company's advanced 0.25-m (0.2-mLeffective) generation VSC9 manufacturing process and will begin shipments of libraries for its 0.20-m (0.15-m Leffective) VSC10 process in January. The on-schedule release of the libraries means VLSI customers can begin designing 0.25-m class circuits now, and signals smooth progress in the company's plans to begin manufacturing of chips based on the new processes in 1998.
Furthermore, as VLSI has gained practical experience developing the VSC10 0.20-m process since its announcement in late April ofthis year, the company has significantly upgraded the process' technical specifications. Revised specifications include a shrinkingof the contacted metal pitches resulting in even higher densities, animproved ability to handle analog/digital mixed signal applications widespread in VLSI's target markets, and the capability to accommodate 5-V-tolerant input/output signals. The early release of the VSC10 libraries will ensure that customers have ample time to prototype their products ahead of the VSC10 production ramp-up set for the latter half of 1998.
The VSC9 and VSC10 core libraries each contain over 600 cells covering all major logic functions. Each logic function comes in four drive strengths, enabling designers to trade off speed, power consumption, and circuit density specifications. The libraries have also been designed to maximize design productivity when used with advanced third-party chip design software supported by VLSI's Design Integrator tool environment. Also included in this design library release are input/output elements, together with memory compilers andmixed signal functions.
The VSC9 technology is optimized for 2.5-V operation, but the I/O blocks are designed for 3.3-V interfaces. VSC10 technology isoptimized for 1.8-V operation and supports both 3.3-V and 5-V tolerant I/Os.
VLSI provides circuit design libraries to its customers in the course of custom circuit development projects. The company anticipates first commercial circuit production for the 0.25-m VSC9 process early in 1998 with the 0.20-m VSC10 process coming on line in the second half of the year.
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