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ST produces 90m silicon of MIPHY disk-drive physical layer IP

Posted: 20 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:miphy? physical layer interface ip? serial ata? disk drive?

STMicroelectronics has revealed the fabrication of MIPHY (Multi-Interface PHY) physical layer interface IP using 90nm technology. According to the company, the macro-cell, the first to support Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, as well as applications using the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), Fibre Channel, and PCI Express serial interface standards has been designed by ST's engineers to be integrated with other functions into a SoC and allow drive manufacturers to reduce costs by building and stocking one IC to operate in multiple drives.

By implementing and verifying the 90nm interface design now, ST is preparing for the migration of SoC products to 90nm technology later this year, benefiting from the lower power requirement and smaller physical size. Proven IP will be ready ahead of time to minimize the time-to-market for new products and reduce the development costs of new ASICs. In addition, the multiple-standard capability of the new macro-cell will enable fast design validation for different markets and will eventually yield the benefit of larger scale volume production while at the same time reduce costs for manufacturers by optimizing their engineering resources.

ST has developed the new IP working closely with strategic customers and addressing their specific requirements. The company is planning to integrate the MIPHY in its next-generation 90nm SoC scheduled to tape-out in the second half of 2005.

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