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Synopsys, SMIC develop low-power sol'n for China mobile TV market

Posted: 31 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:low-power design? China market? mobile TV?

Synopsys Inc. and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) have partnered to develop a low-power design solution optimized for the mobile TV market in China, while also providing key IP components.

The low-power design solution based on 130nm and 90nm fab processes will be designed to help resolve problems in power design. In addition, the companies will provide key IP required by mobile TV IC designers, including AD, DA, PLL, USB, SATA and IEEE 1394.

"The combination of SMIC's 130/90nm process, complete IP library and design service team with Synopsys' powerful IP and design platform will boost the current [DTV] market," said Chen Zhikuan, president and COO of Synopsys.

The cooperation also calls for the provision of industry leading design and counseling service to help Chinese chip manufacturers take timely advantage of opportunities in the mobile TV market.

As the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are drawing near, more fabless and design companies are targeting the digital TV market, and R&D of relevant chips are advancing at an unprecedented speed. However, there is currently no uniform standard in low power design, IP access barrier and foundry access for local manufacturers in the mobile TV market in China, making it tough when they want to compete in the market.

"I believe our cooperation will promote the development of China's digital TV sector's standards and marketplace," said Richard Chang, president and CEO of SMIC.

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