Fujitsu Employs Its In-House Direct-Write eBeam Machine for Manufacturing eASIC's Maskless and NRE-Free Structured ASICs in a Fast Turnaround Time
YOKOHAMA, Japan and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nov. 16, 2005 -- eASIC Corporation, a provider of Programmable ASIC products including Configurable Logic IP and Structured ASICs, today announced choosing Fujitsu as a foundry supplier for the company's 90nm Structured ASIC devices. As eASIC's Programmable ASIC manufacturing flow efficiently utilizes the maskless Direct- write eBeam technology, Fujitsu is an ideal foundry partner due to its in- house eBeam machine. Hence, eASIC's Structured ASIC 90nm devices can be delivered NRE-free to customers requiring low-cost, high-performance and fast- turnaround ASICs. Following initial tape-out of the 90nm Structured ASIC array, the product is currently under further testing and development and is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2006.
"Working closely with Fujitsu, eASIC demonstrated the capability of its Structured ASIC technology to be easily and quickly ported to new process nodes or new foundries," said Ronnie Vasishta, eASIC Chief Executive Officer. "As our Structured ASIC fabric is based on coarse grained architecture, repetitive cell structure and standard metal, it has a major benefit of yield enhancement and allows achieving performance gain with each new process technology. eASIC's configurable logic fabric can answer today's market requirements for design flexibility and programmability together with short turnaround time and without NRE fees. We've experienced an increasing customer interest in our products and especially identified a vast opportunity in the Japanese market. The foundry support with Fujitsu can help us successfully serve this market."
"We are pleased that eASIC selected Fujitsu as its first foundry for 90 nanometer Structured ASIC," said Shigeru Fujii, Corporate Vice President of Fujitsu Limited. "We are looking forward to eASIC becoming a leading programmable ASIC supplier covering a broad range of applications."
"We are very excited to be working with Fujitsu to enable ASIC designers achieve their project requirements on time and on budget," said Seiji Miwa, eASIC Japan President.
eASIC offers breakthrough Programmable ASIC products including Configurable Logic IP and Structured ASICs, aimed at dramatically reducing the overall fabrication cost and time of customized high-performance semiconductor chips. Its patented architecture enables rapid and low-cost ASIC and SoC (System-on-Chip) designs through innovative use of programmable logic technology coupled with single Via-layer customizable routing. With just one Via layer to customize, Direct-write e-Beam processing becomes possible at 10x the pace, thereby enabling eASIC to offer NRE-free Structured ASIC devices. eASIC's technology has been successfully proven in silicon and validated by world-class semiconductor vendors.
eASIC Corporation is a privately held company. Investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB), Crescendo Ventures, Evergreen Partners and Vinod Khosla. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, eASIC was founded in 1999 by Zvi Or-Bach.