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LOGICVISION AND VIRAGE LOGIC TEAM TO INTEGRATE EMBEDDED TEST
TECHNOLOGY INTO EMBEDDED MEMORY DESIGN-FOR-TEST SOLUTION
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – September 27, 1999 – Virage Logic and LogicVision, Inc. today announced a partnership to provide their mutual customers with LogicVision's memBIST-IC as an embedded test strategy solution at the memory level. Both companies will also work together to integrate and automate the interface between the memory level embedded test and the full-chip embedded test.
"This agreement provides our customers with a complete design-for-test strategy by providing seamless integration with the world-leader in embedded test solutions," said Adam Kablanian, president and CEO of Virage. "Not only can our customers now use memBIST-IC at the memory level, but they will also save significant design time through the seamless integration with their full-chip embedded test."
According to terms of the joint agreement, Virage will build EDA (Electronic Design Automation) and test models for LogicVision's memBIST-IC to ensure seamless integration between the memory-level and full-chip level embedded test. Together, the two companies will validate the models to ensure high quality. This will greatly benefit the growing number of common customers that both companies have. Some of the common customers are National Semiconductor, and Level-One Communications. In addit ion, both companies will jointly market LogicVision's memBIST-IC and Virage's Custom-Touch STAR memory compilers for embedding one megabit and greater of embedded SRAM memory into SoC (System-on-a-Chip) designs.
As the total size of embedded memory on SoC designs approaches one megabit and greater, there is an increasing need to have a comprehensive DFT (Design-for-Test) strategy. Consequently, a seamless interface between the memory and the full-chip embedded test becomes essential to achieve high yield and maintain high profit margins. The integration of Logic Vision's embedded test to Virage Logic's redundancy scheme in the Custom-Touch STAR compiler facilitates diagnosing failures and repairing def ec tive memory locations.
"As memory increases in size and complexity, it becomes necessary to embed test in the memory as well. This allows customers to test at-speed to isolate faults and increase yields in the most efficient manner," said Dr. Vinod Agarwal, president and CEO of LogicVision. "We are pleased to join the leading embedded memory core provider in an effort to provide customers with the most effective embedded memory solution on the market."
LogicVision's patented technology embeds high-performance test and diagnosis circuitry directly into integrated circuits, eliminating some of the most challenging design and manufacturing issues associated with very deep submicron and system-on-a-chip. The embedded test circuits are inserted using LogicVision's proprietary design tools, and test programs are automatically generated. LogicVision has licensed its embedded test technology to leaders in the computer, communications, military/ae ronautics and semiconductor industries, including Sun Microsystems, Nortel Networks, Hughes Space and Communications, and Texas Instruments.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., LogicVision has sales and support offices in Solana Beach, Calif.; Waltham, Mass.; Raleigh, N.C.; Richardson, Texas and Basingstoke, United Kingdom. Distribution partners provide sales and support in Ra'anana, Israel; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan and Singapore. For more information on the company and its products, please visit the LogicVision Web site at: www.logicvision.com.
About Virage Logic
Virage Logic is the market leader in application-specific embedded memory cores. The company's products include memory compilers, software tools that enable the development and reuse of memory cores, and custom memory design services. Virage's customers include the leading semiconductor and electronic systems companies designing system-on-a-chip applications. The memory products developed by Virage are available for COT customers targeting pure-play foundries and also optimized for semiconductor companies. Founded in January 1996, the company is privately held, and is located at 46501 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, Calif. 94538. Telephone: (877) 360-6690 (toll free) or (510) 360-8000. Fax: (510) 360-8099. For more information, please visit www.viragelogic.com.