Avnet Electronics Marketing has been named a Certified Design House for NEC Electronics Inc.'s gate array products.
The deal gives NEC's customers in the Americas another source for design support, with a comprehensive slate of services that includes RTL development, design implementation, intellectual property integration, RTL verification, timing closure, and physical design and sign-off.
Gate array ASICs have long been the design vehicle of choice for companies with limited design budgets, because they provide the fast design turnaround and low engineering cost of field programmable gate arrays with higher performance and lower unit pricing associated with cell-based ASICs.
That hits right in the sweet spot of Avnet's distribution customer base, giving NEC far broader exposure to potential design business than it could reach on its own.
NEC tapes out an average of 200 gate array designs a year, worldwide, the company said.
"Avnet has been our strategic distribution partner for eight years, and we have seen first-hand the positive results they can achieve," said Kazu Yamada, vice president and general manager of Custom SoC Solutions for NEC Electronics America (Santa Clara, Calif.). "By expanding our relationship to tap Avnet's design services, we can extend the reach of our gate array technology to serve the broad range of design teams that use Avnet's capabilities for successful custom logic implementation."
Phoenix-based Avnet opened its first design center in the 1980s with LSI Logic Corp. as its exclusive ASIC partner. That model served both companies well until LSI pulled out of the ASIC business a few years ago. In 2004, Avnet launched a non-exclusive ASIC partnership with IBM Microelectronics.