Richtek's Cutting-Edge Power Management Solutions for PC, Automotive and Consumer Electronics to Employ Virage Logic's AEON MTP NVM IP
FREMONT, Calif., May 25, 2010 -- Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry's trusted IP partner, today announced that Taiwan-based Richtek Technology Corporation, a leading Asia-based power management IC provider has taken a license for Virage Logic's AEON MTP (Multi-time Programmable) family of NVM (non-volatile memory) IP. Richtek selected Virage Logic's AEON MTP NVM IP for the following reasons.
- AEON MTP is available in analog process nodes including high voltage and BCD processes.
- AEON MTP offers the industry leading performance and reliability demanded by analog and power management applications.
- AEON MTP reprogrammable NVM allows advanced features and functionality to be added into analog and power management ICs.
The market for power management chips (PMCs), especially in China, is strong and growing according to market research firm Beijing Market Avenue Consulting Co., Ltd. In a report published last year, the research firm predicted PMCs for China's Internet and telephony infrastructure equipment will experience a 25% CAGR. The market research firm also predicted strong demand for consumer digital products driven by short design cycles.
"We chose the Virage Logic solution because it had a strong reputation for quality and met both our performance and cost targets," said Honda Su, deputy director of technology engineering for Richtek. "Other factors that attracted us included support for Bipolar/CMOS/DMOS (BCD) processes as it allows us to integrate non-volatile memory IP with high voltage devices in a single IC using a standard CMOS process with no additional masks or processing steps required. A nice additional capability was having all the required high voltage generated from within the IP block itself."
"We are delighted that Richtek, one of the world's leading power management IC design houses--among six Taiwan companies ranked in the 2009 top-25 fabless IC suppliers worldwide according to IC Insights--has chosen our AEON MTP family of NVM IP," said Craig Zajac, director of product marketing, NVM at Virage Logic. "Because Virage Logic's NVM IP product line is qualified up to 150oC operation with up to 100k write cycles and 10-year data retention, it enables customers like Richtek to proceed with confidence on even their most demanding designs."
About AEON MTP NVM
AEON is available on leading foundries and in addition to being available on standard CMOS processes from 250-nanometer (nm) to 65nm, AEON is designed for Bipolar / CMOS / DMOS (BCD) processes optimized for power management and high voltage applications. Virage Logic's AEON products are all compatible with standard CMOS processing and offer industry leading solutions in terms of power consumption for RFID applications and temperature range for power management. Supporting bit counts from 8 bits up to 16k bits, Virage Logic's embedded NVM has been qualified to 65-nm low power logic CMOS processes with 2.5V IO option.
Virage Logic's embedded NVM product line enables 100-percent electrical testing at wafer sort and eliminates costly field programming failures associated with one-time programmable (OTP) solutions. Optimized to enable considerable manufacturing and operational flexibility, final calibration can be performed at wafer test, post-packaging, or in the field. In addition, identical ICs can be calibrated and configured to implement different features at final test, immediately prior to shipping. Full characterization and qualification data is available upon request.
About Virage Logic
Virage Logic is a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. The company's highly differentiated product portfolio includes processor solutions, interface IP solutions, embedded SRAMs and NVMs, embedded test and yield optimization solutions, logic libraries, and memory development software. As the semiconductor industry's trusted IP partner, more than 400 foundry, IDM and fabless customers rely on Virage Logic to achieve higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield, as well as shorten time-to-market and time-to-volume. For further information, visit http://www.viragelogic.com.