OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada – April 25, 2006 - MOSAID Technologies Incorporated (TSX: MSD) announced today that Micronas GmbH has licensed the MOSAID 90nm DDR/DDR2 memory controller solution for use in its advanced System-on-Chip (SoC) products. Micronas will employ the semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) in multiple products to be manufactured at its foundry partners.
Chips implemented with the MOSAID controller can interface to either DDR or DDR2 memory devices at speeds up to 400MHz or 800Mb/s. The MOSAID memory controller solution consists of hard IP, including both SSTL I/O and DLL (Delay Locked Loop) elements, as well as soft IP, which is the controller RTL. The hard and soft IP elements are seamlessly integrated for maximum performance and ease of use, saving considerable engineering effort, cost and risk of integrating these components sourced from various vendors.
"We selected the high-performance MOSAID DDR/DDR2 memory controller because it is a fully integrated solution offering the full performance range of today's memory devices, along with the flexibility to be easily adapted to meet the requirements of our particular applications," said Dirk Wieberneit, Vice President and General Manager of the R&D Consumer ICs Division of Micronas.
"We are pleased that Micronas has chosen to use our semiconductor IP within their SoC products," said Peter Gillingham, Vice President and General Manager of MOSAID's Intellectual Property Division. "MOSAID supports multiple foundries and variant processes to meet the needs of our customers and continues to expand the availability of new silicon-proven memory controller products."
This complete memory controller solution is part of MOSAID's portfolio of SIP products available for license. MOSAID develops and markets a broad line of process-specific SIP products for the world's leading foundries in advanced process technologies. These products include integrated memory controller solutions, a highly configurable Fractional PLL product, and MOSAID Mobilize low power libraries, consisting of standard cells, memory compilers and I/Os. MOSAID SIP products are designed to satisfy today's demanding requirements for high quality, complex SoC designs.
MOSAID Technologies Incorporated makes semiconductors better through the development and licensing of intellectual property and the supply of memory test and analysis systems. MOSAID counts many of the world's largest semiconductor companies among its customers. Founded in 1975, MOSAID is based in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices in Santa Clara, California; Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit www.mosaid.com.
Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a semiconductor designer and manufacturer with worldwide operations, is a leading supplier of cutting-edge IC and sensor system solutions for consumer and automotive electronics. As a market leader in innovative global TV system solutions, Micronas leverages its expertise into new markets emerging through the digitization of audio and video content. Micronas serves all major consumer brands worldwide, many of them in continuous partnerships seeking joint success. While the holding company is headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), operational headquarters are based in Freiburg (Germany). Currently, the Micronas Group employs about 2000 people. In 2005 it generated CHF 845/USD 676/EUR 545 million in sales. For more information on Micronas and its products, please visit www.micronas.com.