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SMIC adopts ARM physical IP for designs at 90nm

Posted: 02 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:physical IP? Metro? Advantage? SMIC? ARM?

Semiconductor Mfg International Corp. (SMIC) and ARM Ltd jointly announced that SMIC has adopted the ARM Metro and Advantage products, part of its family of Artisan physical IP, for SMIC's 90nm LL (low leakage) and G (mainstream) processes.

The ARM Metro IP is designed for portable electronic devices and the Advantage IP provides aims to meet a range of applications in the consumer, communications and networking markets. Both Metro and Advantage product portfolios include ARM standard cell libraries and multiple memory compilers. The Metro standard cells include power management kits that enable dynamic and leakage power saving techniques such as clock gating, multi-voltage islands and power gating. The Metro memory compilers offer similar power saving features.

The Metro and Advantage IP include ARM's set of views and models providing integration with EDA tools. These views provide functional, timing and power information for the Metro and Advantage products over a range of operating conditions.

"SMIC's advanced technology roadmap continues to provide customers with implementation solutions they are looking for today's SoC designs," said Neal Carney, vice president of marketing, physical IP, ARM. "With the adoption of both ARM Metro and Advantage products, SMIC's customers have a choice of optimized physical IP for their consumer, communications and networking applications."

ARM Metro and Advantage IP design views are expected to be available during the fourth quarter of 2006 for licensed customers to download via the ARM website at no charge. Preliminary 'Front End' design views, enabling customers to begin design and simulation work, are expected to be available at the end of the second quarter of 2006.

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