RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--June 30, 2006--ViASIC, Inc., the leading provider of standard-metal technologies, today announced DuoMask, a high-density, high performance two-layer standard-metal fabric for building configurable SOC's. With DuoMask, designers can easily and quickly use configurable logic to add or change SOC features, fix even minor bugs, and design different versions of the same system for different markets.
For seven metal processes DuoMask uses via layers 2 and 4 to program the pre-built and pre-characterized logic and routing. The configurable logic is built upon existing technologies providing an accurate, proven fabric almost immediately for any process. The new configurable logic libraries require no logic cell layout, timing or power characterization; instead they rely on dependable, proven existing libraries. DuoMask is the densest standard-metal fabric available with 150 gates per mm2 at 90nm.
"DuoMask provides affordable two mask customization for every digital process," said Bill Cox, CTO, ViASIC. "We are excited to provide this new technology which supports virtually anyone, in any process, at any fab and best of all it relies on existing proven and characterized libraries."
Configurable fabrics are one method that SoC designers can leverage their IP with low-cost, low-risk respins that empower customization of existing designs and rapid, easy addition of new features, expanding available markets for this IP. Configurable SoC's use standard-cell flows to build the majority of the chip. Implementing the proven, stable blocks with classic methodologies, only a portion of the chip is built with a configurable fabric. This configurable portion of the SoC can then be used to implement a variety of functions that could be subject to change. With SoC configurability, designers can now get initial versions of a product out before final specs are set, getting hot products to market first.
DuoMask, along with ViASIC's one-mask library ViaMask, and ViaPath, a place and route tool for standard-metal, will be demonstrated at the Design Automation Conference in San Francisco on July 24 at booth 1108. To set up a private suite appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the conference visit www.dac.com.
Price and Availability
DuoMask is immediately available for all digital processes between .35 micron and .45 nanometers. U.S. pricing starts at $95,000.
ViASIC is a privately held EDA company and the leading provider of standard-metal tools and methodologies. The company's patented ViaMask fabric is a complete library for building platform ASICs or embedding single via layer configurable sections into a system on a chip (SoC). DuoMask is two vias layer configurable fabric built upon existing technologies. ViASIC also offers ViaPath, a robust physical design solution for via-configurable fabrics. ViASIC is located at 6015 Fayetteville Road Suite 214 , Durham, NC 27713. Telephone 919-405-1345, www.viasic.com