Fujitsu Named #2 ASIC Supplier Worldwide by iSuppli

9/20/2002 - Market research firm iSuppli has named Fujitsu the #2 ASIC supplier worldwide. According to the "Going, Going, Gone - Is There a Place for Second-Tier ASIC Suppliers?" report published in July 2002, Fujitsu moved up two places in 2001, and is now second only to IBM in worldwide ASIC revenue.

The report advises companies considering an ASIC provider to carefully consider the long-term viability of the proposed vendor. "More so than ever before, it is crucial to carefully appraise potential bidders on your next ASIC project, particularly for advanced designs," said Jordan Selburn, principal analyst of ASIC Products at iSuppli and author of the study. "iSuppli predicts that not all current suppliers will still be in the market at the end of the decade, which could cause potentially disastrous supply chain disruptions if the chosen vendor ceases ASIC operation. Areas to evaluate include present market share, the direction of market share, and a qualitative commitment to the ASIC business," said Selburn in the report.

"Based on Selburn's criteria, companies would do well to look at Fujitsu for their ASIC needs," said Keith Horn, vice president of marketing for Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA). "We have been supplying ASICs to the merchant market for more than 20 years. We are increasing our market share and have the commitment and technologies needed to maintain our world leadership position."

Fujitsu has a long history of innovation in the market. For example, the company was the first to offer a commercial gate array in the late '70s, and the first to offer 10K gates in the early '80s.

Fujitsu is presently producing products using 0.11 micron (110-nanometer) technology and recently introduced its 90-nanometer process technology, the industry's most advanced. Fujitsu has begun prototype production of devices built using the 90-nanometer technology.

Fujitsu also maintains a leadership position in ASIC with high-speed I/O offerings (with up to 3.2G I/Os with SERDES). The company has established mixed signal expertise with customizable DACs and ADCs. Fujitsu also offers a mixture of high-speed and high-density / low-power libraries, and supports Application Specific IPs and IPWareTM.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. designs, markets and supports a broad range of semiconductors and electronic devices.

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