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Key ASIC, Silterra partner on design-to-manufacture services

Posted: 25 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Key ASIC and Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. announced their partnership to offer streamlined design-to-manufacture services for ASICs in the mobile and consumer electronics markets.

As part of the collaboration, Key ASIC will provide mutual customers access to its wide IP portfolio and design services on Silterra's 0.18m and 0.13m CMOS process technologies. The partnership offers customers a cost effective solution for optimized performance and fast time to market, the companies said.

"Our study of the market revealed the recent rise of many fabless ASIC companies with foundries and design houses coupling to offer streamlined IDM services," said Kah Yee Eg, founder and CEO of Key ASIC. "Because we have a core competence in low-power and high-performance design and an IP portfolio targeted for consumer applications, Silterra was a natural foundry choice by virtue of its focus in the same market segments and its high-quality silicon process technologies."

Key ASIC will provide customers with its KeySoC Platform, which provides a ARM-based CPU platform and memory blocks for integration of domain-specific IP blocks to design ASICs quickly. In addition, its silicon-proven IP portfolio for portable consumer devices includes a wide variety of mixed-signal blocks and peripheral interfaces for quick integration in applications including PMP/portable games, MP3/digital audio players, digital imaging/video, mobile phones and wireless networking.

Silterra, on the other hand, offers CMOS logic and mixed-signal process technologies down to 0.13m. It also offers a portfolio of high-density, high-voltage technologies in 0.20m and 0.18m nodes for high-growth applications.

"As a member of the Silterra Design Community, Key ASIC brings a lot of value to our customers by complementing our process and manufacturing capabilities with their design expertise to jointly provide customers with top-quality silicon through a seamless turnkey solution," said Bruce Gray, CEO of Silterra, in a statement.

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