2/8/2006 - Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced the launch of the 90nm generation of its FPGA devices with the introduction of two new FPGA families. LatticeSCTM System Chip FPGAs are designed to provide the highest overall performance in the industry, while LatticeECP2TM FPGAs combine the industryís lowest cost FPGA fabric with high-end FPGA features. Both families take advantage of optimized Fujitsu technology that provides both the cost-effectiveness that high volume FPGAs demand, and the gigahertz performance that system level FPGAs, integrating millions of gates, require. Both new product families will be manufactured on Fujitsu Limitedís (TSE: 6702) proven 90nm technology, using 300mm silicon wafers at Fujitsuís new facility in Mie, Japan. Functional prototype devices from both families have already been received by Lattice. Full production of initial devices in both families is anticipated by mid-2006.
In March 2004, Lattice and Fujitsu announced their partnership agreement regarding foundry services and joint technology development, including leading-edge 130nm and 90nm CMOS process technologies, and a 130nm non-volatile technology with embedded Flash memory, for Latticeís new generation of FPGA devices. The companies also announced that Lattice would make advance payments to Fujitsu in exchange for the future delivery of 300mm wafers. At that time, Lattice also described its FPGA product roadmap, which included its first generation low cost LatticeECPTMdevices, the LatticeXPTM non-volatile FPGA family and the LatticeSCTM high performance embedded FPGA family.
As of the end of 2005, all families and devices in the 130nm generation are production released. With todayís announcement of the 90nm LatticeECP2 and LatticeSC devices, manufactured using 300mm wafers, the Lattice-Fujitsu agreement now moves to the next stage. Planning further into the future, Lattice and Fujitsu have also stated that they have extended and expanded their agreement to include the development of 65nm process technology.
The Era of Fabless Semiconductor Companies Demands Strong, Stable and Innovative Partnerships
Lattice selected Fujitsu to manufacture its next-generation products based on Fujitsuís extensive expertise in the development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art process technologies. Fujitsuís semiconductor technology is built on high-performance and high-reliability expertise gained through the development of its own products. In particular, Fujitsu is a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technologies, such as copper wiring and low-k dielectrics, driven by its own system group applications in high-end servers and advanced communications equipment.
"Fujitsu provides Lattice with process technologies and support that are unequaled in the open foundry market," said Steve Skaggs, Lattice President and CEO. "It is essential that our new FPGAs take advantage of the most advanced technologies, and Fujitsu has demonstrated its commitment and capability to continually expand the boundaries of what is possible.
"To be successful, fabless semiconductor companies must forge partnerships that go well beyond the simple outsourcing of device fabrication," Skaggs continued. "Since mid-2004, Lattice has announced five comprehensive FPGA product families, each with an innovative and differentiated architecture, and each targeted at distinct market segments and applications. This pace of product announcements is unprecedented in our history and, we believe, in the industry. The rapid development and release of so many products is compelling evidence of the success of our partnership with Fujitsu. Fujitsu has proven to be a strong, results-oriented partner, and has optimized its technology specifically for our non-volatile FPGA products. We believe the powerful combination of our new FPGA products and Fujitsuís advanced technologies can give Lattice a competitive advantage as we seek to increase our share of the FPGA market," Skaggs concluded.
About Lattice Semiconductor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation provides the industryís broadest range of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) and Programmable Logic Devices (PLD), including Field Programmable System Chips (FPSC), Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLD), Programmable Mixed-Signal Products (ispPAC®) and Programmable Digital Interconnect Devices (ispGDX®). Lattice also offers industry leading SERDES products.
Lattice is "Bringing the Best Together" with comprehensive solutions for system design, including an unequalled portfolio of non-volatile programmable devices that deliver instant-on operation, security and "single chip solution" space savings.
Lattice products are sold worldwide through an extensive network of independent sales representatives and distributors, primarily to OEM customers in communications, computing, industrial, consumer, automotive, medical and military end markets. Company headquarters are located Hillsboro, Oregon.
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Lattice (& design), L (& design), ispGDX, ispPAC, LatticeECP, LatticeECP2, LatticeSC, LatticeXP, MachXO, and specific product designations are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.
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