4/3/2003 - IBM announced it has been ranked the number one worldwide ASICs (application specific integrated circuits) supplier for 2002, according to a preliminary report* released by industry analyst firm Gartner Dataquest, marking the fourth consecutive year IBM has held the top position.
To further extend this lead, IBM also unveiled a range of new initiatives designed to help customers tap IBM ASIC technology for use in more time- and cost-sensitive consumer electronics applications like digital televisions, printers, cell phones and camcorders.
"IBM ASICs are not just for high-end applications any more," said Tom Reeves, vice president of ASICs, IBM Microelectronics Division. "We've built our leadership position around advanced technologies and extensive design capabilities. Now we're working to make it easier for customers to do business with us by simplifying the ASICs design process and offering new options."
New mainstream ASIC initiatives
IBM has taken a number of steps to enhance the usability, flexibility and pricing of its ASIC technology, making it viable for a wider range of applications. These steps include:
These initiatives are already driving IBM ASICs into more mainstream applications. For example, Kyocera Mita, one of the world·s largest manufacturers and leading providers of computer-connectable peripherals, including network-ready monochrome and color copiers/printers, and multi-functional and wide format imaging solutions, has incorporated an IBM Power PC processor ASIC solution in the Kyocera Mita print controllers.
"We have an award winning range of printers and multi-functional devices that can be easily connected to any network environment. Our software tools for device management, wireless printing solutions, and unrivalled low running costs - thanks to our ECOSYS concept, has enabled us to provide document management solutions with the right combination of value and technology," said Katsumi Komaguchi, Managing Director of Kyocera Mita Corporation.
"We knew that IBM had the best ASICs technology in the industry, and that is why we wanted to utilize an IBM ASICs solution as a component of Kyocera Mita·s advanced print controller technology. However, initially, we questioned whether it would make sense from a cost and time to market standpoint. We were pleased to find that IBM could work with us to produce an advanced ASIC that would help Kyocera Mita to further differentiate its product range and at the same time, get to market quickly and cost effectively."
About IBM Microelectronics
IBM Microelectronics is a key contributor to IBM's role as the world's premier information technology supplier. It develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art semiconductor and interconnect technologies, products and services. IBM Microelectronics activities are focused in three major areas: custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips, PowerPC-based standard chip products, and high-tech foundry services. Its superior integrated solutions can be found in many of the world's best-known electronic brands.
IBM is a recognized innovator in the chip industry, having been first with advances like more power-efficient copper wiring in place of aluminum, faster silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and silicon germanium transistors, and improved low-k dielectric insulation between chip wires. These and other innovations have contributed to IBM's standing as the number one U.S. patent holder for 10 consecutive years. More information about IBM Microelectronics can be found at: http://www.ibm.com/chips.
* Report titled "ASIC/ASSP Suppliers With Advanced R&D And Manufacturing Shine," by Dataquest analyst Bryan Lewis, April 1, 2003.
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