Virage Logic's Optimized IP Platforms Empower System-on-Chip Designers

4/22/2003 - Virage Logic (Nasdaq:VIRL), a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms, announced the availability of the first in a series of silicon-proven technology-optimized semiconductor IP platforms. Virage Logic’s semiconductor IP platforms enable System-on-Chip (SoC) designers to meet the increasingly competitive challenges inherent in all market segments as the gap between technology capabilities and design productivity widens. The first Virage Logic Technology-Optimized Platform is available on TSMC’s 130-nanometer (nm) process.

“With increased process and design complexity and shorter design cycles, there is a need in the market for both pre-tested and ready-to-use components that are interoperable and offer SoC designers a single-source for their IP requirements,” said Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst, Semico. “Virage Logic is now in position, with the addition of its new Base I/O library, to offer its complete Technology-Optimized Platform that delivers cost, performance and reliability benefits for the foundry and Integrated Device Manufacturer (IDM) markets.”

Technology-Optimized Semiconductor IP Platforms
Building on its technology and market leadership position as an embedded memory provider, in October 2002, Virage Logic added logic libraries to its portfolio of IP offerings. With today’s announcement of the industry’s most comprehensive base I/O offering, Virage Logic delivers its first complete IP platform. The platform aims to meet the critical requirements of reducing costs and risks, while boosting performance and ensuring high manufacturing yields for a particular foundry or IDM process. By providing silicon-proven, integrated IP that is compatible with all the major EDA flows, Virage Logic addresses the needs of complex and mainstream SoC designs.

In conjunction with the company’s Self-Test and Repair (STAR) Memory System and its Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) Logic and Memory product lines, Virage Logic’s Base I/O library provides SoC designers with a complete IP platform to help expedite the creation of next generation products. It addresses the increasingly complex task of identifying and obtaining the semiconductor IP needed to produce a successful, on-time product. Through a technology partnership with TriCN, an innovative I/O IP developer, Virage Logic is able to deliver an I/O architecture that can be used for a wide range of I/O functions.

“We are breaking down the barriers associated with achieving high manufacturing yields while dramatically cutting silicon and system costs,” said Adam Kablanian, CEO and president, Virage Logic. “By providing our Technology-Optimized Platform that is based on our best-in-class memory, logic, and I/O semiconductor IP, SoC designers now have a trusted single source for silicon-proven and production-ready IP.”

New Base I/O Product Line
I/O standards continue to evolve more rapidly than many other aspects of SoC design, driven by the need to address system-level design challenges such as performance increases, process temperature and voltage variations, and flexibility in package types. By providing the industry’s most complete base I/O cell technology, Virage Logic offers designers more options for extended I/O functionality.

The Virage Logic Base I/O cells, which include the SSTL-2 Class I and II, HSTL Class I and II, PCI-X 1.0, PCI 2.2, 2.5V LVTTL and 3.3VLVTTL/CMOS, are designed to accommodate future standards while delivering the capabilities that are needed for today’s chips. Built for both flip-chip and bondwire implementations, the robust architecture has built-in noise isolation for improved operation and reliability for high performance applications.

Wawrzyniak added that through its open architecture with a foundation for advanced I/O ring along with a rich set of base I/O cells, Virage Logic’s new Base I/O library will go a long way in addressing system level design challenges early.

Pricing and Availability
Virage Logic’s Technology-Optimized Platform for TSMC’s 130-nm logic process is available now. Front-ends are available immediately with pricing starting at $120,000 (U.S. list price). Additional Technology-Optimized Platforms based on other foundries and processes will be introduced over the next several months.

About Virage Logic
Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq:VIRL) is a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms based on memory, logic, I/Os, and IP development tools that are silicon proven and production ready. Virage Logic meets market demands for cost reduction, while improving performance and reliability for fabless and integrated device manufacturer (IDM) companies focused on the consumer, communications and networking, handheld and portable, and graphics markets. Virage Logic is headquartered in Fremont, California and has sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, visit or call (877) 360-6690 toll free or (510) 360-8000.

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