LONDON – Chipus Microelecrtronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuit designs, has said it has begun designing a library of low-voltage, low-power analog IP cores for implementation on a 0.18-micron CMOS process used by foundry Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
A partnership has evolved between the two companies after executives from Chipus (Florianopolis, Brazil) visited Silterra's foundry in Malaysia in July, Chipus said. "This partnership builds on a mutual attraction between both players," said Paulo Dal Fabbro, CTO of Chipus, in a statement. He added: "Silterra's process came in handy for our low-power requirements and their wafer price is very competitive. Furthermore, they provide a very good support to partners and customers."
Chipus said it plans to provide power management and data converter circuits for use by foundry customers on both the 0.18- and 0.13-micron nodes at Silterra.
A second result of the partnership is that Chipus has agreed to help Silterra stage a sales roadshow in Brazil in September. Chipus is co-organizing the roadshow, which will comprise events in Sao Paulo on Sept. 12 and in Florianppolis, on Sept. 14.
"The semiconductor industry in Brazil is gaining strong momentum with the rise of world-class fabless companies and strong government support. With strong backing from the Malaysian government and proven technology and manufacturing capabilities, Silterra can play a pivotal role in partnering with the Brazilian semiconductor industry to win in the fast growing global semiconductor market," said Yit Loong Lai, senior vice president of sales and marketing, in the same statement.
The creation of the partnership with Silterra follows an announcement in May that power management circuits are available for use on a 0.15-micron process at LFoundry GmbH (Landshut, Germany).
Analog IPs are the designs that requires many qualitative inputs for the success of the IP, in case more technological know-how gets together it will surely result in a better output by this kind of corroboration. On the other hand this is a very remarkable achievement by a Brazilian company to have growth in the Analog IP segment.