Silicon Architects of Synopsys' Cell-Based Array (CBA) Architecture Delivers Multi-Foundry Access for High Volume Graphics Chip
Mountain View, CA--May 13, 1996--Silicon Architects of Synopsys
(Mountain View, CA), an innovator in integrated circuit design technology, announced the first 3D graphics chip based on its Cell-Based Array (CBA) architecture. The Verite 3D graphics processor for the personal computer gaming industry from Rendition Inc. (Mountain View, CA) will be released in the second quarter of 1996.
CBA provides standard cell density, performance, and power while retaining all the development time and cost advantages of gate arrays. CBA promotes ease-of-design for complex chips. It offers a unique structure, consisting of an optimal mix of transistor sizes in compute and drive cells, a layout that improves place and route utilization, and an innovative partitioning of logic computation and signal drive implemented in CBA. Major ASIC partners have adopted CBA, and over 50 designs are currently in production worldwide.
Silicon Architects' CBA architecture makes use of two building block elements: a drive cell and a compute cell. All remaining library elements make use of combinations of these two cells; therefore, customization of the building block elements for a particular process is all that is required prior to automated regeneration of all remaining library elements. Through a combination of industry standard and proprietary tools, Silicon Architects can automatically generate, characterize, and validate new libraries quickly without sacrificing performance or area.
Verite is a single-chip 3D graphics engine, GUI accelerator, digital video accelerator, and VGA engine for PC add-in graphics cards. Its advanced rendering generates a realistic image quality, while the embedded graphics RISC core and pixel pipeline allow the Verite design to adapt along with the evolving entertainment market.
Rendition Inc. is a venture-funded fabless semiconductor manufacturer focused on high-performance, low-cost 3D graphics processors for personal computers. Founded in January 1993, the company's products will soon enable PC-based entertainment and multimedia users to enjoy the next generation of 3D graphics.
Synopsys Inc. develops, markets, and supports high-level design models and software for designers of integrated circuits (ICs) and electronic systems. Silicon Architects of Synopsys provides technology and services to ASIC manufacturers and system designers of deep submicron technology and high performance ICs, to streamline the creation and improve the efficiency of chip designs.
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