Atsana Integrates Virage Logic Embedded Memory System in Advanced Wireless Multimedia Processors

6/19/2002 - Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL), a global technology and market leader in embedded memory, and Atsana Semiconductor Corp., a leader in the development of power-efficient, programmable processors for multimedia wireless devices, today announced that Virage Logic's SRAM-based self-test and repair (STAR) Memory SystemTM is to be integrated into Atsana's power-efficient, programmable processors for multimedia wireless devices. The STAR Memory System's self-test and repair capabilities provide significantly higher yield than standard CMOS memory, and enables Atsana to develop high-performance processors that are significantly less expensive than current methodologies.

Targeting the multimedia semiconductor market for wireless communications, Atsana's array processor technology combined with the STAR Memory System meets the demands for longer battery life without sacrificing performance. These multimedia processors enable next-generation wireless smart phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other handheld devices to deliver complex multimedia applications, such as multimedia messaging, interactive video communications, video streaming, still images, and other rich-media content.

"As more and more designs demand large amounts of SRAM on-chip, obtaining the highest level of yields is critical," said Adam Kablanian, president and chief executive officer at Virage Logic. "Not only does the STAR Memory System overcome these issues, it saves the customer literally millions of dollars by repairing otherwise defective integrated circuits and eliminates external test equipment costs and its programming. We are pleased to help Atsana Semiconductor continue as an industry innovator, and we are excited by the opportunities our relationship with Atsana will create."

"Because our processors have a lot of embedded memory and we are driven by time to market pressures, it was important to select a partner with embedded memory IP technology that is both silicon-proven and capable of delivering the highest yields required to hit our price points," said Michael Krause, chief operating officer at Atsana. "Virage Logic's STAR Memory System meets these needs and more, and will help ensure that Atsana's media processor, to be delivered by the third quarter of 2002, will be the most cost-effective, power-efficient media processor available in the market."

The STAR Memory System Architecture
In order to make embedded memories intelligent, Virage Logic designed a system that includes three IP blocks that work together. The system embodies not only redundancy, which can replace defective bits, but a dedicated memory test and repair processor called the STAR Processor that automatically accesses each memory instance on an system-on-a-chip (SoC). Through patented self-repair and redundancy allocation algorithms, the STAR Processor quickly tests and repairs the memories. The repair data or signature is stored in the STAR fuse box or special registers in the memories and can be accessed either at wafer sort or at system power-on. For more information about the STAR Memory System, please visit

The Atsana Array Processor Technology
Atsana's cost-effective, massively-parallel array processor delivers five to 15 times the processing capability compared to alternative multimedia solutions, while consuming one-third the power. Atsana's array processor implements thousands of proprietary one-bit SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) processors combined with RAM to create a massively-parallel architecture that tightly couples processing and memory. These processors perform operations in parallel, enabling high performance while operating at a much lower system clock frequency. Since power consumption is directly proportional to clock frequency, the lower clock frequency yields lower power consumption.

About Atsana
Atsana Semiconductor Corp. is a leader in the development of a fully programmable low-power multimedia processing solution for wireless devices such as handsets, personal digital assistants and cameras. The fabless semiconductor company's parallel processing technology enables the creation of multimedia wireless devices and cameras that consume two to three times less power than solutions offered today. In addition, Atsana's processor enables better quality video encoding, supports higher resolution and is easily scalable and programmable to support a myriad of multimedia applications and standards. Founded in 1999, Atsana is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit, Tel. (613) 224-9926 or Fax (613) 224-7330.

About Virage Logic
Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL) is a global technology and market leader in embedded memory. To meet customer design goals with the highest level of quality, Virage Logic products are production tested and optimized for area, power and speed. These products include embedded memory cores, which are critical components of communications, consumer and computer products including switches, routers, modems, cellular phones, set-top boxes, HDTVs, DVD players and PCs. In addition, the company offers software tools and custom memory design services. Virage Logic's customers include fabless semiconductor companies targeting pure-play foundries and semiconductor companies. Founded in January 1996, Virage Logic has over 200 employees and is located at 46501 Landing Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538. Telephone: (877) 360-6690 (toll free) or (510) 360-8000, Fax: (510) 360-8099.

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